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Feb 2, 2010

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY, WATERY WEDNESDAY - YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer and Watery Wednesday hosted by 2Sweetnsaxy 
Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them for better viewing.

I have quite a treat for you. The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has given me permission to use his photographs on my site. As much as Yann is an amazing photographer he is also an active advocate for ecological issues. He is the chairman of the GoodPlanet Organization and has participated in the creation of the Action Carbone project in order to persuade governments, institutions and individuals to reduce their individual impact on the climate.
Now to take such beautiful photographs Yann realized he is creating a carbon imprint on the world and greenhouse gas creation. With this in mind he has financed projects to promote renewable energies and to encourage reforestation.
In 1994 Yann (also referred to as Yab as in Yann Arthus-Bertrand) started a project called "Earth from above" to survey the state of the Earth as we went into the 21st century.
On his site Yab states:
"Year 2000 was almost upon us, and I wanted to tackle an ambitious long-term project. Since the lions, nature has been one of my chief concerns, though I was then less committed to sustainable development and more interested in the preservation of exceptional sites. However, working on location soon made me realise that Man cannot be dissociated from the landscape. Gradually, I became convinced that supporting the theories on sustainability was the way towards a reasoned form of development.”
 This project was not an easy sell however and the response from potential partners was very low. Eventually they managed to secure enough support and they started to photograph from above...even if the first project was Club Med piece.
The team has been to over 150 countries to photograph the Earth from above. In his work we see mountains that should be covered with snow that are bare. Rivers that are drying up. Landscapes that should be forested and green that have been denuded.
Yab also photographs people and animals. I love his animal shots.
Please visit his sites and see what they are all about. If you do contact them please let them know where you saw the photos. The more we do this the more likely it is that photographers will consent to the use of their photos for non-commercial blogs. It is about spreading the word.
An exhibit of Yann's work will be at the New York Public Library starting on April 1st. 2010

Remember bloggers...never use someones photos without their permission.

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30 comments:

Quilt Works said...

What an amazing post! Just as decided "I love this, my favorite... I move on to the next which is just as good!" Thank you for ovrloading my senses with such beauty! I needed that!


... beauty in the mist

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Isnt this amazing!!!

I so enjoy everytime i stop by.. but this one needs more study.

I wanted to say thanks before i read more.

Claudia

James said...

Amazing shots. I love good photography.

Lori said...

WOW! What more can I say?

LV said...

What amazing, breathtaking shots. So glad you had the opportunity to share with us. Great, great job.

vignette design said...

What amazing photography! Thanks for sharing these amazing shots. - Delores

3 Men and a Lady said...

Beautiful. Is this photographer in Nat Geo? Should be.

Maggie B said...

Thes photos truly are amazing, and thank you for sharing them and the story behind them. I'll be checking out more about this project to be sure.
Maggie

matron said...

We all know about carbon foot prints,but tend to forget as we go about our daily lives.Photos like these and the work this man is doing is a timely reminder to do our bit.A very interesting post,that I enjoyed reading.

Luna said...

What an amazing post!
Happy Watery Wednesday..Luna

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

To be able to take pictures like them! What an amazing talent he has! Cindy

Cass @ That Old House said...

Beautiful images.
Cass

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great way to show people our carbon foot prints. People know about them but tend to forget about them too easily. This is a very interesting post.

Thank you for sharing the work of Yann Arthus-Bertrand with us today.

~ Tracy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! I need to come back when have more time to really look as these photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

MiMi said...

All of those are beautiful, but my favorite is the 2nd one down...that is SO cool!

Joyce said...

yes AMAZING would be the world for these wonderful photos and so nice you were allowed to use them here.
Jocye

Eleonora said...

Wonderful post, Lori! Thanks for sharing and introducing Yann's amazing photography and talent.

Every little bit helps, and I'm sure our Planet appreciates our efforts.

Ciao

Mary said...

What amazing photos. Thanks so much fro sharing them with us. Have a great day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lori -- what an interesting post; I learned a lot and I will visit the site to learn more. Thanks for going to all the work to share this with us, it is appreciated!

Nezzy said...

These are just breathtaking amazing. The kind of pics we only dream of capturing. Thank you so much for sharing Yann and his photography with us.

God bless ya'll and have a fabulous day!!!!

@eloh said...

What a beautiful collection!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful post and amazing photos!

Mumsy said...

Stunning images! Thanks for sharing this great and talented photographer..

Carol said...

Thank you for sharing those amazing photos!

Deb said...

congrats..those are great photos...

Helena said...

These are beautiful images. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

Lindy Lou said...

I love the photo of the boy and the steer...the steer looks so noble!
I also love that Yab is trying to balance his carbon footprint by donating to carbon-reducing research.
Good planetary karma :)

Terie said...

these photos are A-Mazing!!! Thanks for sharing them.

Room to Inspire said...

Wow, what amazing photos!

Chelsea

storyteller said...

Thanks for sharing these amazing photographs and fascinating information with us ... perfect for Outdoor Watery Wednesday! Thanks for dropping by earlier in the week. I'm doing what I can to catch up today ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

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