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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Earth Day...everyday

Sebastião Salgado's new photograpy project illustrates Eden's on Earth.

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, April 21, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

Sebastiao Salgado, the master Brazilian photographer, once commented: "I discovered photography completely by chance. My wife is an architect and when we were young and living in Paris, she bought a camera to take pictures of buildings. For the first time, I looked through a lens – and photography immediately started to invade my life."

It's a good thing he pursued his first impression of the art, science, and craft of creating images. Salgado's latest epic project---Genesis---
provids a perfect example of why everyone should celebrate Earth Day, everyday.

Known for his large documentary projects on human rights and migrations, the photographer has spent the past eight years capturing images of Eden-like locations, some known, mostly not, illustrating the
fragility of the natural world.
The resulting 200+ large-format images have begun a worldwide tour with an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in London.


'Many of us live in cities, cut off completely from the planet. I wished to present the planet in my language, photography. And so came Genesis,' he said.


Sebastiao Salgado  (credit: Genesis)

If epic photography weren't enough dedication, Salgado and his wife created
Instituto Terra after returning to a childhood farm in Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest damaged by deforestation and erosion. Instituto Terra, is dedicated to restoring ecosystems by planting trees and now offers instruction in reforestation and erosion control with native plants, and training for others seeking to rebuild forest ecosystem, restoring the ecological processes, and contributing to the maintenance of the local biodiversity. The Instituto Terra was the intellectual and practical origin for “Genesis.”

Environmntal restoration is a powerful force and can be applied anywhere. Take a sign from one Brazilian photographer as to what might be possible on Earth Day.

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