10+ powerful photos by missing jounalist shows the cost of chinese pollution

China is a major economic miracle, developing rapidly through the post cold war era, and lifting over 200 million people out of poverty; the several  successes are wonderful to list out, but rarely is the other side of the story shown. 

Recently the country has struggled with pollution and contamination issuess, but photo journalist, Lu Guang took it on himself to show much more than the news headlines. Detailing the extent and effects of this alternative side to the successes of china’s rapid development.

In a bid to draw attention to the problem, Liu chronicles several parts of china in his last project, ( He dissappered while working on a new project ) an extensive work in which a dizzing array of smog covered shots of land, and air pollution show the struggles of ordinary chinese to mitigate the effect on their healths and survive.   

Lu Guang is a freelance photographer since 1993, and has developed major documentary projects in China, all at his own initiative, focusing on some of the most significant social, health, and environmental issues facing his country today. His photographic work includes stories on gold diggers, local coal miners, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction along the Sino-Burmese border, Aids villages in Henan Province, the environmental impact of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, industrial pollution and the medical effects of schistosomiasis (bilharzia). 

Gilles visualizes animals in recycle materials

Various lifelike replicas of apes dot the museum in central Spain , made from non conventional materials, standing in more as motifs than art forms, and brought to life by the creative mind of  design artist Gilles cenazandotti . These sculptures do more than offer aesthetic sensibility to the space, as they seek– through the artist creation — to more than visualise effects of some what human excess to our planet, in form of waste and in length attract attention to animal welfare.

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Cenazandotti uses garbage, and random wastes collected  from the piles of washed up materials on the shores of his homeland beaches. But to create his ” semi-robotic”  , sculptures of endangered animals — such as the baboon and the polar bear– He had to spand hours shifting through materials.

among cenazandotti’s found objects are plastic bottles, combs and children’s toys. his materials are entirely plastic, rejected from the ocean and unadulterated from the state in which they have been found. the artist plays on irony, creating the beautiful animals from by-products of petroleum—a substance that is largely to blame for destroying their natural habitats and surrounding environments. his work highlights man’s forcing of animals to adapt to new, different habitats, and at the same time points towards a limit, when the sea can no longer absorb human waste.

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An abundant of mediums and materials to choose from is an unfortunate situation and, is testament to the fact that excessive the human waste is to blame for the near-extinction of these species.

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through his sculptures, the corsican artist attempts to show ‘a technological paroxysm where man tries to imitate nature through artificial recreation.’ his science fiction-like sculptures at once appealing and uncomfortable reinforce the idea that natural creation is far from human representation.previosly the head of a design company, cenazandotti has made a name for his unique style. the artist has collaborated to create site-specific design commissions with fashion designer jean paul gaultier and realized a series of interior fabrications with interior designer philippe starck

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Germany is a forest country with lot of spectacular landscape views. Rivers , lakes ,  an array of man made castles and the majestic black woods of bavaria; it has got it . But what is the point if there isn’t enough people around to appreciate these natural and non man made beauty.

A 16 year german has taken it on himself to bring to the attention of the world the essence of his country. Jannik Obenhoff is a landscape photographer who travels around the countryside taking light filtered images of natural spots around Deutschland .

Jannik lives for the outdoors , exploring the lush forests, foggy mountain tops and clear blue lakes and ” unselfishingly ” capturing those majestic views  for other without the means to travel, an activity he considers part of his hobbies.

“If you won’t go out and explore, you won’t see how beautiful nature can be,” Jannik added on his Instagram’s blog.

Jannik  , with over 500 post on instagram and several froya into Austria  he shares his work with over 400k followers and offers photo lighting training here

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” House of Waste ” wins sustainability award

Kamikatsu : wan awards (h/t: demilkedufunk, inhabitat)

 Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture Japan  is one such community committed to zero waste : aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world looks around to  great expectations to this traditional life-style Kamikatsu holds the beacon to that alternative.

In order to create continuity of production and consumption, and  to herald the path on continued productivity already followed , the town decided to collect all their waste materials and create a  warehouse / brewery. As a town centre to relax  and share a beer or two between members of  the milieu  also to display art-work and wares ; a general purpose eco-community centre.

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