Photo Exhibit Illustrates Water's Dynamic Role
Posted May 3, 2010
On Wednesday, March 23rd, I had the pleasure of attending the “Water: Our Thirsty World” exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography with several of my coworkers. The event, organized in partnership with National Geographic Magazine, highlights their April issue which focuses on the solely on freshwater resources. The exhibit is open to the public from now until June and displays powerful images of the human interaction with water from around the globe.
The preview event focuses on the main subject areas of the issue, including glacial melting, droughts in East Africa, Middle East water conflicts, and California water issues. All these images emphasized the human dependence on water, because, as one of the speakers said, “Photography catches people and gives a visceral feel to the story.” For example, the contrasting past and present images of Tibetan glaciers illustrates the growing concern over shrinking freshwater supply in a region that supplies one-fourth of the global population. Meanwhile, the photos of East African women who walk 5 hours each way to obtain potable drinking water highlights the extreme measures people must take once a region’s water supply is drained.
However, it was the “California’s Pipe Dream” section of the exhibit that tied in most with the solutions that the Water Program implements. Images of the dried Owens Lake, which a speaker referred to as “one of the most toxic lakebeds in the country,” demonstrated the effects of local overconsumption of water resources. Although the photos showed the severity of the problem that California faces with the status quo of water consumption, NRDC’s work has shown the multitude of solutions available, from increased water efficiency to green infrastructure that replenishes groundwater sources.
In summary, the exhibit was a captivating testimonial to the connection between people and nature and it drew much needed attention to some of the current global challenges involved in maintaining a safe and sufficient supply of water.
The “Water: Our Thirsty World” exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am-6pm at the Annenberg Space for Photography, located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067. The exhibit will close on June 13, 2010.
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