This morning I read an article by a very good photographer, Edward Burtynsky, who is in Northern Ontario making a body of work celebrating Earth Day, which is today in Canada. I first discovered his work last year at the AGO, entitled Anthropocene which is the geologic epoch of mankind profoundly changing the environment. This presentation so touched me that I went back for a second viewing.

The pandemic has taken over most of the news lately, and no-one’s talking about global climate change any more, but that’s still a big, black cloud looming in the background.

“Where humans once had our collective boot on nature’s neck, we now find ourselves with her boot firmly pressed against ours.” – Edward Burtynsky

I was so inspired by this article that I grabbed my camera and went over to Cawthra Woods, which is a wooded conservation area right across the street from our place. Burtynsky is an industrial residual landscape photographer and so I was trying to emulate his intent in this forest.

Walking along the forest paths, several times I encountered people walking their dogs. The dogs were very eager to come over and make friends with me, but of course, with the 2m rule, even they can’t come over for a pat. The masters quickly pulled on the leashes very firmly to hold them back. I started wondering what the pets are going through during this period. Probably thinking,

“Something’s happening here!”

At which point I started humming the Buffalo Springfield song. But things feel a lot scarier now then in 1967.


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