ECOSYSTEMS II: CRITICAL REVIEW OF PRACTICE @formatfestival

My photographic practice evolved under the influence of critical theories of ecological economics, emphasized by thinkers as Hermann Daly, who was one of the first to offer an integrated economy-environment model (Daly, 1968) and wrote extensively on the subject of the differences of sustainability from pure economic growth and the dangers that the latter brings…

ECOSYSTEMS I: CRITICAL REVIEW OF PRACTICE

  Nature is an invaluable gift that we are so bad at protecting and restoring. The authors of the ‘Limits to Growth’ report in 1972 (Meadows et al, 1972) have warned us that not dealing with just three important elements: namely availability of resources, pollution and population growth will lead us to a severe crisis….

Valuing Nature @routledgebooks

Valuing Nature? Economics, Ethics and the Environment, a volume edited by J.B. Foster has made a profound impact on me as an ecological economist and a photographer. In this brilliant collection of essays the leading sustainability thinkers present the philosophical issues inherent in the neoclassical environmental economics dominant at university departments today. Dismounting the supremacy…

Constructed Photography @MuseumModernArt

The idea of a constructed photograph is not something that I explored so far because I have been largely focusing on landscape and natural elements.  However, I have practiced the transformed and transposed photography and infrared photography. Thus the photograph presented here depicts the iconic landscape of Colombian highlands with the strong diagonals of the…

Burning Ice @capefarewell ‏

In 2003, 2004 and 2005 three consecutive expeditions to the extreme Arctic featuring photographers, sculptors, scientists and educators sailed among the icebergs to bring to the world a message of our changing climate. The resulting book, ‘Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change’, produced by the lens-based artist, David Buckland, is a testimony to those expeditions…

Burtinsky @EdwardBurtynsky: OIL

Given the current state of the world with CO2 emissions concentration at 407.96 ppm (Maua Loa Observatory),  over half of the world’s biodiversity lost in the last 40 years (Living Planet index declined 58% between 1970 and 2012 according to WWF Living Planet Report) and 8 mln tonnes of plastic waste entering the oceans every…

Index 2018 Dubai @tradegovuk

Dear Friends! Environment Europe​ has just won a grant of £2500 from the UK Department for International Trade Business to present our environmental art at the leading contemporary interior design fair Index 2018 in Dubai, taking place 26-29 March 2018! We need £4000 to cover additional expenses for the stand, airfares and accommodation as well…

Cartagena @Guardian

I am immensely pleased to have my celebrated image from Cartagena, Colombia published in the Guardian newspaper again: Cartagena by Dr Stanislav Shmelev. There is a good chance that it will be seen by some of the 6.97 million Guardian followers on Twitter. Carthagena, a coastal town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is a…

Pulau Redang @Resurgence_mag

When I visited a little tropical island of Pulau Redang a few years ago,  I was expecting to experience the true tropical paradise with turtles coming to nest on island’s beaches. To my greatest disappointment every single area of island’s life: energy generation, transportation and, especially, waste treatment have shouted about existing problems. I photographed…

Generation Wealth @ICPhotog

The New York based International Center of Photography is hosting an incredibly powerful exhibition ‘Generation Wealth‘ by Lauren Greenfield. The curatorial text has been written by Juliet Schor, one of the co-authors of our new book, ‘Green Economy Reader‘. The exhibition presents a rich tapestry of stories from contemporary America describing the current culture of…

Cultural Ecosystem Services

I am pleased to enclose a presentation on my new photographic project focusing on the Cultural Ecosystem Services. Ecosystems indirectly create significant cultural value that cannot be expressed in monetary terms. This value is multi-dimensional and is related to knowledge systems, inspiration, spirituality and religion, through the creation of the sense of place and aesthetic…

Environment Europe @COP23

Finally the video from Environment Europe press conference held at UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn featuring Dr Stanislav Shmelev has been made available. It is aimed at a broader audience and we hope that you will enjoy it: UNFCCC COP23 Press Conference. The aim of our press conference was to launch a new book, ‘Green Economy…