Stunning images dwindling hopes for ecological restoration
• Stunning images dwindling hopes for ecological restoration of
Illustrate the change of climate and global environmental change - not an easy task. But for the photographer Daniel Beltrami document human impact on our planet has become a passion for life. He shot the polar regions, the Amazon, Iceland, Greenland and even the oil spill of BP.
Chunks of ice floating on the surface of the small lake on the Greenland ice sheet to the east of the town of Ilulissat. August 2014.
From a young age Beltram loved to walk in the air, but when the camera was, he realized how photography can change the representation of the people in his hands. "Photography has become a tool demonstration of what is happening to the planet, and all aggression that nature experienced by us, even though we may be the most intelligent beings in the world", - says the photographer.
Meltwater flowing through the Greenland ice sheet soiled kriokonitom, a mixture of ash and soot, to the south-east of Ilulissat. According to the photographer, cosmic dust on the surface of the ice sheet accelerates ice melting three times. August 2014.
During his career, Beltrami discovered surprisingly effective way to convey your idea: abstract photographs from a height which, in his opinion, have a greater effect than the traditional ways of telling stories. "These photos are picturesque, abstract, beautiful and frightening - depending on what is shown to them, - explains the author of pictures. - It helps a little aside the big issues - deforestation, global warming, climate change, etc. I believe that, if to be above it all and step back a little bit, it helps to better understand the problem. "..
Pools of melt water in the lowlands on the Greenland ice sheet to the south-east of Ilulissat. August 2014.
Beltrami says that people often look at pictures of him and do not know what it is. But the photographer considers it an advantage. "The images that create such tension when you first did not even know what you look, but feel intrigued, give rise to a little more in-depth with the subject."
Severe drought has exposed the remains of a tree on the banks of the Madeira River near the Nova Olinda do Norte in Brazil. October 2015.
Beltram projects require serious planning and are highly dependent on weather conditions. It works on a small charter plane taking pictures through the narrow window behind the pilot. During the flight, he takes pictures almost continuously, using three cameras at once.
Land with carved woods in the Amazon between Santarem and Macapa in Brazil. September 2013.
Beltram spent a lot of time perfecting his technique and search for unusual compositions, but still there are many factors, such as shaking of the plane, which must be taken into account.
Construction of the dam Belo Monte near Altamira in Brazil. "The dam will be the third largest in the world, will be flooded 400,000 hectares and resettled 20 thousand people", - says Beltram. February 2012. "With the aircraft difficult, because in the formula need to add speed, you can not slow down, - says the photographer. - The composition - it's not easy, everything happens very quickly. I always tell people that this is coming from my eyes to the fingers and the brain. I did not even know how it happens. "
plume of smoke rises from the burning of collected oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Controlled fires are used to clear the bay from the film formed due to the oil spill of BP. May 2010.
Sometimes, according to Beltrami, he did not even fully aware that filmed until revise the photos some time later. "There are pictures that I discover later, when edited, and think:" Wow, this is unbelievable, "- but I do not even remember how to shoot it."
The water in the Icelandic River Olfusa flows through the sand bars in the Atlantic Ocean. Olfusa - the largest river in Iceland, its basin covers about 6000 square kilometers, or 1/7 of the country. According to a study at the University of Arizona, published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, Iceland raised by 3, 3 cm per year due to melting of the ice sheet. July 2014.
Beltrami sees its relations with the pilots of the aircraft as a partnership. "I always say that the signature should be common, they certainly do most of the work - the photographer says. - I try to meet with them before the flight, so they can understand what I'm trying to achieve. " If, for example, Beltrami sees a delightful landscape at the time of the flight, the pilot made a loop to help take the picture. Torsa river with the milky-white deposits in Iceland. July 2014.
Fortunately, Beltrami fanatical devotion to their cause has not been rewarded once he won the title of the best photographer of nature year and even handed one of their albums Prince Charles.
But its main purpose - to tell people about the dangers of climate change.
"The most important thing - to let people know that we are all in the same boat - says Beltram. - Finally, we are still living on the same planet, we drink the same water, breathe the same air. I do not think that there is someone who does not want to keep it all clean. "