Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #15, Submerged Pipeline, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010
generally, i can’t say i’ve been influenced by too many photographers, but i think of ed burtynsky as a favorite. actually, i don’t really think of him as a photographer; i think of him more as an activist. a hero. like hunter s. thompson or bruce springsteen, in my book. his latest project focuses on water… and hits close to home as he explores the beaver river watershed in ontario (his home and my father’s) in his new documentary. "I did a big project on oil and tried to understand how that precious liquid has impacted our lives and shaped our world and allowed humanity to expand to its current scale. Then I started thinking about water as the other pervasive liquid that determines the viability not just human life but all life on earth. So as I meditated for many years on oil and the world it’s brought forward, I saw that water is equally, or even more important. It wouldn’t be a pleasant world if we ran out of oil rapidly, but if put against the wall we may be able to find alternatives. But there is no alternative to water; and it’s interesting for someone who lives in a water-rich region – I don’t live with the threat of water scarcity. I may live with water misuse and water pollution, but scarcity isn’t on our doorstep – unlike Africa or India or China. Shooting in all these different places I’ve come to appreciate and respect the fact that water is the single most important driver of stability and life, so I decided to think about water more deeply, and how I could create a body of work that speaks to that, and also convert the ideas into a film.”

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #15, Submerged Pipeline, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010

generally, i can’t say i’ve been influenced by too many photographers, but i think of ed burtynsky as a favorite. actually, i don’t really think of him as a photographer; i think of him more as an activist. a hero. like hunter s. thompson or bruce springsteen, in my book. his latest project focuses on water… and hits close to home as he explores the beaver river watershed in ontario (his home and my father’s) in his new documentary. "I did a big project on oil and tried to understand how that precious liquid has impacted our lives and shaped our world and allowed humanity to expand to its current scale. Then I started thinking about water as the other pervasive liquid that determines the viability not just human life but all life on earth. So as I meditated for many years on oil and the world it’s brought forward, I saw that water is equally, or even more important. It wouldn’t be a pleasant world if we ran out of oil rapidly, but if put against the wall we may be able to find alternatives. But there is no alternative to water; and it’s interesting for someone who lives in a water-rich region – I don’t live with the threat of water scarcity. I may live with water misuse and water pollution, but scarcity isn’t on our doorstep – unlike Africa or India or China. Shooting in all these different places I’ve come to appreciate and respect the fact that water is the single most important driver of stability and life, so I decided to think about water more deeply, and how I could create a body of work that speaks to that, and also convert the ideas into a film.

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