In order to bring awareness to these issues in a unique way, I shot many of the images from the air. Running as red and warm as fish blood, or as emerald and cold as a glacial lake, the aerial perspective shows where we as humans have been, how we connect to the earth, and how nature relates to itself.
For six million years the Colorado River and its dozens of spectacular tributaries carved out the Grand Canyon and scoured the Rockies, flushing mineral-rich sediment to the sea. Supplying vital water to more than 40 million Americans living in the arid West, the Colorado River is one of the most diverted, dammed, and heavily litigated rivers in the world. The farmers and residents of the rapidly growing western states rely on the river for irrigation, drinking water, and electricity. This demand has permanently altered the river’s ecology.
Location: Cienega de Santa Clara, Colorado River Delta, Mexico
Photograph Date: 2008
Medium: Chromogenic Print