Edward Burtynsky’s photos offer mute testimony to the manner in which mankind’s mania for manufacturing is changing the face of our planet.
In film maker Jennifer Baichwal’s award-winning documentary
Burtynsky explains why he exhibits his work in uptown galleries rather than a more politicized venue.
” If I said ‘Isn’t this a terrible thing we are doing to our planet’ then people will either agree or disagree. By not saying what you should see that may allow them to look at something they never looked at and to see their world a little differently.”
“I think that many people today sit in that uncomfortable spot where we don’t necessarily want to give up what we have but we realize that what we are doing is creating problems that run deep. It’s not a simple right or wrong. It needs a whole new way of thinking.”
Having gone to a number of environmentally oriented events in the past year I can’t help but wonder whether ecoactivists (however well meaning they may be in their intentions) are often ‘preaching to the choir’.
Burtynsky seems to be advocating a whole new approach to educating the general public as to environment issues and creating innovative new solutions to the problems facing our planet.
What do you think?