Affecting The Effects

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How does a rainforest survive the pace of
human encroachment? Is a rainforest even
worth saving when land resources are rapidly
vanishing? Difficult questions to answer in a
time where difficult choices need to be made. In
the war between humans and nature, progress
can only be measured from battle to battle. My
new artistic series is an attempt to highlight
the combined effects of these battles with the
long term hope of affecting positively the final
outcomes.

Much has already been written about the
ways that humans are affecting changes
within the rainforest biospheres. But in spite of
all these words, the damaged effects persist and
continue to spread. In spite of all the images
that have been presented in the media, affecting
human hearts to change this attitude of careless
encroachment remains a slow process. Personally
experiencing the glory and the tragedy of
the rainforest is not always an option. When it
is however, the experience can be cathartic as it
was for me.

Recently, my wife and I visited the Daintree
rainforest in tropical Queensland, Australia.
The Daintree is the oldest on the planet and is
estimated at 135 million years. It is home to 30%
of Australia’s frog; marsupial and reptile species;
65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species; and
20% of the bird species, as well as thousands
of known species of plants. I also learned
that rainforests may still hold vital secrets for
humankind, especially, for example, in terms of
potential medical cures for AIDS and yet undiscovered
viruses. Even though there is scientific
proof that cures do come from rainforests,
one-fourth of drugs have products that come
from rainforests, we still continue to pillage
trees and land in the name of development.

I was inspired to learn about the mission of
a non-profit organization called Rainforest
Rescue. The purpose of this organization is to
promote and protect the world’s rainforests. One
of their projects is called the Daintree Buy Back
and Protect Forever which purchases properties
from private landholders of high conservation
value surrounded by World Heritage rainforests.
This land is then added back to the protected
tracts of land in Australia that are part of the
World Heritage locations. These acquisitions
in the Daintree contribute to long term plans
for the creation of protective corridors for the
endangered Cassowary. This ostrich-like bird is
a vital contributor to the proliferation of plant
life within the rainforest. The mission of Rainforest
Rescue is a perfect example of how our
efforts can affect or change the negative effects
of our human devastation.

Each piece in this series mostly consists of
composited photographic images I shot
while in the Daintree and elsewhere within
Australia. Although my inspiration springs from
these rainforest impressions, the series should
really be viewed as an attempt to change the
hearts and minds of viewers of all the natural
wonders in this world. Each piece attempts
to portray metaphorically the glory and the
tragedy of these battles. Human erosion and
devastation on many scales seem to be accepted
by us with despair and resignation. We see
the impact of changes to our surroundings
everyday, the effects of these intrusions, whether
they are around the world or around the next
block in our own neighborhood. Our eyes have
become jaded and accepting of the inevitability
of our natural resource depletion. We need to
change this if our planet is to survive. It is my
hope that we can affect this jadedness of the
heart with an increased sense of responsibility
and respect for the protection and renewal of
these natural resources.

We must decide whether the legacy we
leave behind for future generations
will be balanced with the prudent use of these
resources. We cannot allow the effects of our
numbness to affect our judgment and call-toaction
with continued paralysis.

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