Martin Hill’s international award winning photographs of ephemeral environmental sculptures made in collaboration with Philippa Jones, utilise the transformative power of nature’s design principles to awaken the human spirit towards a transition to a cyclical restorative human economy.
Using only found natural materials in wild natural locations Hill and Jones based in New Zealand, travel the world making ephemeral sculptures that last only a short while before they are absorbed back into the natural system from which they are made.
The photographs are intended to evoke a powerful connection between the viewer and the principles of the natural world which the artists believe is being lost in modern culture and is the main cause of our disconnection from nature and each other leading to our unsustainability.
Martin Hill, Philippa Jones
In 2014, Li Di went to Bangladesh to record the lives of the urban poor in the capital city of Dhaka, and the second city of Chittagong. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, and 49.8% of its people live below the poverty line. Countless people move from the countryside to the cities in the hopes of better lives, but the cities are unprepared to accommodatethem. In order to survive, they use every inch of urban space and every material you can imagine; the ways in which these spaces and materials are combined will greatly expand your definition of a “home.” Undoubtedly, they pay a price in terms of nutrition, hygiene, and safety. The poverty is extreme, the pollution is shocking, and life is not valued. The living conditions of these people deeply disturbed Li, and he recorded it all with his camera.
Photography critic Bao Kun said of the series, “Chinese people have progressed from being photographed to taking the photographs. The course of history changes very gradually, but in this process, it is only when we look back that we realized how far we have come. Li’s photographs of Bangladesh remind us of this.”