Photographer Alain Willaume is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the series ‘Echoes of Dust and Fracturing/South Africa’. To see Alain’s body of work, click on any image.
As part of the Transition, Social Landscape project, Alain Willaume was invited to consider the implications of an impending programme of fracking by the Shell Company in the semi-arid Karoo area of South Africa. In response to an uncertain future, he has conjured an evanescent metaphor for a haunted territory and for the suspicions and fears of the inhabitants he met randomly on the dirt roads. The pictures – whose rich mid-tones are, consciously, neither black nor white – suggest the environmental threat of this burning issue, but in doing so they also preserve the infinite grace of this landscape, the fate of which is now held in abeyance.
All images (South Africa, 2012) and text © Alain Willaume / Tendance Floue
By Alain Willaume
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