We are living in an unprecedented era of environmental change. From global warming to global population growth to the resultant demand for more food and more energy – it’s time to put all eyes on earth. Dennis Dimick and Jim Richardson are two people who believe this unfolding transformation and the resulting social and cultural upheaval must be SEEN to be understood. We will explore how Eyes on Earth seeks to nurture a new generation of visual storytelling to chronical this new Age of Man. We will discuss why making the underlying causes of environmental change visible and accessible for public discussion and policy decision making is so important as well as talking about the importance of establishing clear and effective ways that environmental photography can make a difference for our world and its future. Join us to learn about the confluence of environment and photography, the nexus where human aspiration and the planet collide.
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- How can environmental photography inspire human understanding of climate and the connection of our impact on our home? How does environmental photography provide the visual storytelling needed to understand the changes we are not only living with but living within?
- Both Dennis and Jim come from a childhood lived on a farm – their pivot points happened on the farm, connected to the land. What role does a childhood connected to nature and the desire to see things (learning to see things) play?
- What is the true price of progress? How can we see the cost?
- We are in a period of time where human impression on the planet is being recorded by the planet that will tell our story after we are gone. Scientists are researching the question – when did this time period begin? Jim and Dennis are creating the opportunity for all of us to see what this geological era looks like – the changes are all around us, so much so that we often have a hard time recognizing it as something because we are immersed in it and only see each change as it’s own story, rather than a part of a whole.
- What population are Jim and Dennis trying to reach with Eyes on Earth? What new narrative are they inspiring to help people understand where we fit in with our planet?
- “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of better stuff.” What do you choose to stand in front of? What does the photographer, as a citizen of the world, choose to stand in front of and show us?
- If people understand – they have the ability to respond.
- “We cannot save what we cannot see. We will not save what we do not value.” It is not just what pictures look like – it is what they mean.
- Why do people still deny global warming/climate change? Jim and Dennis have a few thoughts to share – join the conversation to go deeper.
- Visit Eyes on Earth website and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram
- Learn more about the Whole Earth Catalog, mentioned during this podcast
- Listen to the podcast Mrs. Green mentions during this show: America’s Serengeti: The Great Plains