Anthropocene project highlights the apocalyptic beauty of humans’ effect on the planet

By CBC Radio: The Current

The burning of 10,000 elephant tusks piled into an enormous funeral pyres in Kenya’s National Park in Nairobi is both a devastating and beautiful image to look at — a reaction that photographer Edward Burtynsky intended.

His photographs are part of a multimedia project called Anthropocene that merges film, photography and virtual reality installations to illustrate the imprint humans are collectively leaving on the planet.

“We want to communicate out there with people. We want them to look at these things, to try to ask questions about these landscapes,” he told The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti.

“If you represent them in … an unsightly light or whatever, they don’t resonate. They don’t make us wonder about this place.”

Read the full article and listen to the interview here.