On my last visit to China I was struck by the scale of urban destruction, called development, that was taking place in large cities. Last year Shanghai was readying itself for the World Expo and in an effort to present a modern image, many of the old neighbourhoods were in the process of being pulled down. I’ll be back in China next month and will continue my photo series on the changing face of urban China.
The United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Forests to raise awareness and strenghthen the suistainable management of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. Some key facts are:
Forests cover 31 percent of total global land area.
Forests store more than 1 trillion tons of carbon.
Over 1.6 billion people’s livelihoods depend on forests.
Trade in forest products was estimated at $327 billion in 2004.
Forests are home to 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity.
30 percent of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products.
Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.
Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
For me, trees have long been a visual and emotional inspiration for my photography, this series of images explores the relationship between the natural and constructed world.
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.