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Environment climate change in pictures

Cause and effect: how human activity is altering the environment – in pictures

Leading environmental photographers and artists exhibit their works on the effects of anthropogenic climate change at the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 3 July to 5 September

James Balog, Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 2 March 2009: Washed up on the shore of a saltwater lagoon, an ‘ice diamond’ catches the light of the moon. Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for more than three decades. He founded the Extreme Ice survey to reveal the impact of climate change. It is the most sophisticated wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers.

Photograph: James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey/Verve Gallery

James Balog, Iluslissat Isfjord, Greenland, 24 August 2007: Icebergs rising 200 feet above the surface float into the North Atlantic Ocean. Balog’s work on glaciers was featured in the 2009 Nova documentary Extreme Ice in the US and in the feature-length, Emmy® Award-winning Chasing Ice. In the film he deployed time-lapse cameras to capture a multiyear photographic record of the world’s retreating glaciers. The videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a frightening rate. See his Ted talk.

Photograph: James Balog/Extreme Ice Survey/Verve Gallery

Chris Jordan, Oil Barrels, 2008: Depicts 28,000, 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river). Jordan is Seattle-based photographic artist. His work recently won the prestigious Green Leaf award from the United Nations environment programme. In 2008, his Running the Numbers series was one of three finalists for the international Darmstadt Photographic prize in Germany and a finalist for the new Green Prix award in the US.

Photograph: Chris Jordan/Verve Gallery

Daniel Beltrá, Oil Spill #12, 2010: A ship drifts amid a heavy band of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. Beltrá is a leading conservation photographer. He received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 2011.

Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Verve Gallery

Daniel Beltrá, September 2013: A fallen castaña tree lies in a soy field cleared from Amazon rainforest outside Santarem, Brazil. Castaña trees are protected from harvesting by Brazilian law. Since 2001, Beltrá has photographed the Amazon’s changing forest, witnessing both droughts and floods. He has documented the burning of thousands of acres of untouched rainforest. As a result of his photography in the Amazon, he received awards from World Press Photo in 2006 and 2007, and the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles in 2009.

Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Verve Gallery

Wyatt Gallery, Quilt and Mold, New Orleans, LA, April 2006. Gallery began his multi-project documentary series Remnants: After the Storm in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. His 4x5inch photographs reflected devastation and the resiliency of survivors. In 2005 he covered New Orleans after it was hit by hurricane Katrina and Haiti earthquake in 2010.

Photograph: Wyatt Gallery/Verve Gallery

Wyatt Gallery, Classroom 112, Warren Easton high school, New Orleans, LA, April 2006.

Photograph: Wyatt Gallery/Verve Gallery

Jamey Stillings, Ivanpah Solar, Mojave desert, California 4 June 2012: Workers install a heliostat as its mirrors reflect mountains. Stillings is a Santa Fe–based commercial photographer whose fine-art documentary work focuses on human-altered landscapes that promote sustainability.

Photograph: Jamey Stillings/Verve Gallery

Jamey Stillings, Ivanpah Solar, Mojave desert, California, 21 March 2013: A hill formation rises above the alluvial slope at the eastern boundaries of units 2 and 3 with heliostat installation completed.

Photograph: Jamey Stillings/Verve Gallery

Alejandro Durán, Espuma (foam), 2011: from Washed UP series which addresses the issue of plastic pollution making its way across the ocean and onto the shores of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve. With more than twenty pre-Columbian archaeological sites, this Unesco world heritage site is also home to a vast array of flora and fauna and the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef. Sian Ka’an is also a repository for the world’s trash, which is carried there by ocean currents from many parts of the globe.

Photograph: Alejandro Durán/Verve Gallery

Alejandro Durán, Gota, 2011: Plastic waste from 50 nations on six continents have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. Durán used this international debris to create colour-based, site-specific sculptures.
Durán was born in Mexico City and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a multimedia artist working in photography, installation, and video. His work examines the fraught intersections of man and nature, the tension between the natural world and an increasingly overdeveloped one.

Photograph: Alejandro Durán/Verve Gallery

David Hyams, Spring Valley Green, cyanotype over palladium print. Hyams is an artist and educator who uses a variety of photographic techniques to create art work that is grounded in the environment of the American west. Above is an image from his Costly Thirst series where he focuses on the issues of water and the struggle between its exploration and exploitation, in one of the driest regions of the US.

Photograph: David Hyams/Verve Gallery

David Hyams, Life and Livelihood, cyanotype over palladium print. Hyams work has taken him all across the great basin of the US, an area that receives less than five inches of precipitation a year. A Costly Thirst investigates the relationships between water and those who stake their claim over its rights.

Photograph: David Hyams/Verve Gallery

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