ANTHROPOCENE; THE CHILDREN OF A WOUNDED PLANET

  • Photographer
    Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo
  • Prize
    2nd Place / Deeper Perspective/Deeper Perspective
  • Company/Studio
    PERIODISTAS EN ESPAÑOL
  • Date of Photograph
    11/10/2013 – 5:26:49 PM
  • Technical Info
    1/100 sec; f/8; ISO 50

The offspring of the Anthropocene represents this new generation of children as well as an agonizing outcry for help; the outcry of a wounded planet and (unknowingly) of the children who are born into it. Unaware that not so long ago the planet used to be different, the children of the Anthropocene play and live in an apocalyptic legacy, in a world of waste, polluted waters,floods and almost non-existing trees or birds. Unknowingly as well they represent the modern estranged relation between the human beings and nature, which has already reached the point of no return.

Story

The children depicted in the series unconsciously represent a silent and an agonizing outcry for help; the outcry of a wounded planet. The Anthropocene marks the dawn of a new Era for humanity and the planet, a new geological period in which human made activities have made permanent changes to the surface of the planet and are hold responsible for the mass extinction of plant and animal species, water and land pollution and climate change. The offspring of the Anthropocene series represents this new generation of children as well as an agonizing outcry for help; the outcry of a wounded planet and (unknowingly) of the children who are born into it. Unaware that not so long ago the planet used to be different, the children of the Anthropocene play and live in an apocalyptic legacy, in a world of waste, polluted waters and almost non-existing trees or birds. Unknowingly as well, and probably -if given a choice- unwillingly, they represent the modern estranged relation between the human beings and nature, which has already reached the point of no return. They sail on imagined rivers, climb on imagined mountains and get lost in imagined forests. They imagine nonexistent animals, nonexistent flowers, and a world which no longer is …..they are the offspring of the Anthropocene. The image series belongs to a long term environmental project describing the impact of the effects of human activities on the planet and was taken in some South East Asian disrupted environments.

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