Before humans was nature. Without the natural environment, humans would not have lived and had no chance roaming the Earth. But now, we humans have populated the Earth and we have made technological innovations through the course of time. But all of those technological innovations, breakthroughs, and inventions have a heavy price, and that price would be the Earth’s one and only Mother Nature — the very environment who freely gives us its plants and animals. This brings us to a question: can human beings and nature co-exist? Do we humans protect nature, or are we destroying it?
That’s the conceit of Atmos, a new magazine launched this month that’s an “exploration of climate and culture.” The first issue focuses on the theme of neo-natural—an idea about how (or even whether) humanity and nature can co-exist anymore—and among the features is a series of photographs of the Amazon rainforest by Daniel Beltrá. The Spanish-American photographer’s work reveals how nature is ceding ground, both literally and figuratively, to the built environment.
The images show the stark lines of farmers’ fields pushing against the unruly Amazon rainforest, mines carved into hillsides, logs stacked in a manmade clearing, or a pancaked brazil nut tree outlined by tractor tracks like chalk outlining a murder victim. They also show how the divide between the built and natural environment can sometimes smear together, with trees popping out raw dirt or a flock of scarlet ibises crosses the flooded Amazon lowlands.
Below are some of the stunning images by photographer Daniel Beltrá.
We have only one Earth. Let us not abuse it.
More of these at Earther.
(Image Credit: Daniel Beltrá / Atmos)