2.5 Seconds


  • Photographer
    Anya Anti
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Company/Studio
    Anya Anti Art

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Mankind is about 140 thousand years old. If we compress the Earth's existence into a normal full day of 24 hours, then we’ve been on this planet for... 2.5 seconds. In 2.5 seconds we’ve become the dominant species with a rapidly growing population, causing a catastrophic impact on the environment. In just 2.5 seconds we’ve turned the planet into our own personal factory. It took almost 4.5 billion years of evolution for us to exist and we have changed so much in so little time. The problem is us. And it is up to us if we want to make it to the 4th second.

Story

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Mankind is about 140 thousand years old. If we compress the Earth's existence into a normal full day of 24 hours, then we’ve been on this planet for... 2.5 seconds. In 2.5 seconds we’ve become the dominant species with a rapidly growing population, causing a catastrophic impact on the environment. We have created the industrial revolution and burned fossil fuels creating more carbon in the atmosphere than ever before. We have caused global warming at a record pace, endangering our own existence. We have cut trees and destroyed forests more than ever before, polluted air, water, and soil. We have created an island of waste, the size of the state of Texas, in the middle of the ocean. We have caused the 4th mass animal extinction. Three-quarters of Earth’s land surface is under pressure from human activity. In just 2.5 seconds we’ve turned the planet into our own personal factory. It took almost 4.5 billion years of evolution for us to exist and we have changed so much in so little time. The problem is us. And it is up to us if we want to make it to the 4th second. With my project “2.5 seconds” I hope to bring awareness about climate change, to start a conversation about the issue, and to educate more people about the facts, the urgency of the crisis, and the seriousness of its consequences. The project is a series of photographs that highlight the environmental crisis through metaphors and symbolism. Each one of them illustrates and represents a specific environmental issue using allegorical figures and subjects, props, costumes, and natural landscapes. I am using photography as my unique voice to express how I feel and share my fear for the future. I want to bring more meaning to my work and create a strong message for all the people out there. I hope my art will be louder and clearer than words. The time to act is now.

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