The Consumption Ecosystem
Out of sight, out of mind billions live in poverty so more-prosperous end-consumers can enjoy a bounty of cheap food, cheap goods and cheap energy. By no choice of their own, they must shoulder a heavy burden so that more prosperous end-consumers can live better, more fulfilling lives secure in the belief that the supply of cheap energy is a birth right not a privilege.
Ecuador’s Eden-like, Amazonian forests are being contaminated by oil companies who are quietly pumping petroleum out from under powerless, largely voiceless indigenous peoples whose names still identify the mountains, the valleys, and the rivers.
James Whitlow Delano / Cosmos Photo
James Whitlow Delano has lived in Asia for over 20 years. His work has been awarded internationally : the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, PDN and others for work from China, Japan, Afghanistan and Burma (Myanmar), etc.
His first monograph book, “Empire : Impressions from China” was the first ever one-person show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art. “The Mercy Project/Inochi”, his charity photo book for hospice, received the PX3 Gold Award and the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts. His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents. His new monograph book, “Black Tsunami : Japan 2011” (FotoEvidence) was released last fall.
He’s a grantee for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, including for work documenting the destruction of equatorial rainforests and human rights violations of indigenous inhabitants there.