Phoenix, Arizona. (From the series "The Bubble.")

PhotographerRobert Harding Pittman
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHamburg, Germany
Photo Date2012
Entry Description

“The Bubble” is about the invisible market forces of our economy and their impact on nature, our planet and in the end on our lives. I am photographing how pioneering species of vegetation are re-colonizing lands razed by developers’ bulldozers for master-planned community construction sites which have been paralyzed, at least temporarily, by the 2008 global economic crisis. The fate of these plants depends just as much on the stock market as does that of the developers, although inversely. The crisis allows them to thrive until markets improve again and the bulldozers are now slowly beginning to return. The project is about much more than “weeds”. These vast, ravaged landscapes are a testimony to the wasteful way in which we build and inhabit the land, with little respect for nature.