|Earth From Above|
|October 24, 2010|
Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Photos Raise Environmental Awareness
World-renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who is most famous for his ongoing project Earth from Above and the movie HOME, brings a selection of his most stunning aerial photographs to the people of Hong Kong.
The Earth from Above photo exhibition is not only an artistic masterpiece, but through the lens of Arthus-Bertrand we come face to face with the wonders of the world we live in today, as well as the damage inflicted upon the planet. The main message of his work today is sustainable development, as each photo comes with a description, evoking environmental awareness.
Arthus-Bertrand has sold over 3 million copies of his book Earth from Above (translated into 24 languages) and has visited over 50 countries worldwide to capture the most beautiful portraits of natural landscapes. His exhibition has toured over 100 countries to date, including Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Thailand. Over 100 million visitors have been inspired by these astounding images.
Earth from Above will be open to visitors until December 26. Open Piazza, G/F, Olympian City 2, Kowloon, Hong Kong. 10am - 10pm. Free Admission.
Mountainous countryside near Maelifellssandur, Myrdalsjoekull Region, Iceland. Once the young lava fields of Iceland cool down, life begins anew little by little. Ice, wind and water flatten and carve out shapes to begin with, then, during the summer, bacteria, lichen and fungi prepare the soil for plants, in particular mosses which adapt to an environment which remains difficult. These plants colonise the most favourable sites and terrain little by little, forming a new ecosystem.
Worker resting on bales of cotton, Thonakaha, Korhogo, Ivory Coast. Cotton crops occupy approximately 335,000 square kilometers worldwide, and use nearly one quarter of all pesticides sold.
"Tree of life", Tsavo National Park, Kenya. This acacia is a symbol of life in the vast expanses of thorny savanna, where wild animals come to take advantage of its leaves or its shade. Tsavo National Park in southeastern Kenya, crossed by the Nairobi-Mombasa road and railway axis, is the country's largest protected area (8,200 square miles, or 21,000 square kilometers) and was declared a national park in 1948.
Village in the Rheris Valley, Er Rachidia region, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Fortified villages are frequently seen along the valley of the Rheris, as they are on most rivers of southern Morocco, inspired by the Berber architecture built to protect against invaders. Today, with the threat of raids now gone, the close clustering of dwellings, small windows, and roofs covering houses and narrow streets serve the purpose of protecting occupants from heat and dust. The flat, connecting roofs also provide a place for drying crops.
Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada