WATER

MULTIPLE REFLECTIONS ON WATER: (LIFE-SOURCE)-(RESOURCE)-(COMMODITY).

this environmental project is a combination of academic research, photojournalism and creative writing. the text of the paper written for this project sits above each of the images. the footnotes lie below.

Trees have sap as humans have blood as the earth has me, serving a similar vehicular function. we create veins and arteries on an interconnected and fragile planet, to sustain and create life in all its forms. we freeze and become the smallest degree lighter to float on the surface and insulate the creatures of the sea in cold temperatures, (I think of an old Inuit woman, in the north, who, dragging dead seals across my frozen surface, following the grain of my ice and snow who naturally align to the north, walks back to her community, if she still exists). we am trans-parent. we collect and dramatically, rhythmically, and miraculously fall from the sky, distributing myself, delivering myself-now purified and condensed-across the earth, nourishing, sustaining, and naturally, hydrating. The plants, the trees make a collective, refreshed sound that resonates, which we can smell after it rains, or we can, anyway. we dissolve and forget. we crystallize. we am clear. we sensitively and uniformly accept any substance dissolved into me and naturally run my course, no matter intervention. As each season when the sap retreats down into the roots to be pushed out though the buds of the following year, as each beat of human’s heart rhythmically breathes blood into every part of their body, distributing oxygen, keeping circulation, so do we collect, move, evaporate, condense, fall, absorb and become absorbed as the constant, beautiful and essential breath of the earth, its circulation. we am in a rhythm full of rage and perfect calm. we reflect. I wonder what our perspective and use of water reflects upon the culture in which we live. we wonder what we can learn by observing this reflection. At first, remark upon the distinction between water in a cycle, giving life as it breathes and circulates through the world, and water which is silently pumped into our households and cities for industrial use.
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