This is not to be seen
*by future generations
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Being and outdoor and landscape photographer I often find myself struggling with the consequences of my actions. Not only do I and my team travel areas and landscapes that would be better off without us. But also the pictures I take make people want to go out and search for adventure and beautiful, untouched nature. I can’t just say: ‘This is a sensitive planet, nature needs to be protected, better you don‘t go there – but Hey, look how stunningly Beautiful it is!’ That is why I question myself and how I can justify MY actions to give a meaning to my work, that goes beyond the obvious. In the summer of 2019, I have launched the long term project
THIS IS NOT TO BE SEEN *by future generations
With that project, I plan on documenting climate change and the influence it has on the people living in remote and rural areas. I like to think it‘s similar to a Polar bear in the zoo. We don‘t want it to be there, but it kind of serves a greater purpose: we need the combined power of emotions and knowledge to get out of our comfort zone and to the point, where we want to make a change. I hope my pictures start a conversation that – at some point – leads to action. It’s in our hands!
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
That’s what the Brundtland Report said back in 1987. Travel – especially air travel – has a not inconsiderable impact on climate change due to its emissions. And even beyond that, travel can have a significant impact on nature. The world is getting ‘smaller’, travel is becoming cheaper and places that were inaccessible and undeveloped not so long ago can suddenly be left behind on a weekend trip. Travel has become a status symbol of our generation and a matter of course. The consequences this has for the environment and also for the social structures in places that have suddenly become tourist hotspots cannot yet be fully foreseen. This creates a moral conflict, especially for people who are professionally involved in travel and tourism, as their actions encourage people to travel and thus endanger the landscapes and natural treasures they actually want to preserve. Accompanying the photo exhibition, outdoor and adventure photographer Jana Erb (KontraPixel), travel expert Ovid Jacota and rehab republic activist Laura Zwick discuss whether it is possible to reconcile a sustainable lifestyle with the desire to travel. The central question here is: How can travel be designed in such a way that it has the least possible impact on future generations and our environment?
Jana Erb – photographer
Ovid Jacota – expert for sustainable travel
Laura Zwick – rehab republic (www.rehab-republic.de)
for further information and preorder of the (free) tickets visit the website of Bosco Gauting
INTERVIEW WITH BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK
about my project and the exhibtion