Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sustainability Redux

“Just as a few lonely economists warned us we were living beyond our financial means and overdrawing our financial assets, scientists are warning us that we’re living beyond our ecological means and overdrawing our natural assets...”

This morning Thomas Friedman in the New York Times starts to explore the idea that the economy cannot outstrip the environment and that the future of the economy might just be found in what is good for the future of the environment. You can read more about that here and here.

One of the challenges for us as photographers is in finding ways to use a medium that is so immediate and local to depict global networks and systems. We have mastered the decisive moment, which is very limited in space and time. The subjects of the economy and the environment require entirely different strategies, where success is measured over decades and/or in abstract numbers. Much of the picture is found in the interstices between the photographs, or outside the frame entirely.

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