As humans, we hold the whole world in our hands. Never before has any species had as much of an impact on the environment as we do- whether we continue to destruct the Earth or make a change and protect it for future generations remains to be seen. To bring awareness to this issue, 59 year old sculptor Paul Baliker created this massive 13ft x 13ft driftwood sculpture. Using chainsaws, rotary grinders, and sanders, he spent 6 months carving the beautiful wildlife creatures into cedar driftwood that he gathered along the Gulf of Mexico. [Read more...]
Being human is such a strange thing. We are given this opportunity as a conscious being to experience the universe, yet our perceptions of our self can divide us and make us forget that we all came from the universe. Carl Sagan explains, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Though we may look different, dress differently, and have different beliefs, we are all conscious beings made up of the same exact stuff. Altamash Urooj has captured this idea beautifully in a photo series he calls The Vast Expanse. The Pakistani/Venezuelan photographer visualized the collective conscious by wrapping models in cloth shrouds. In this way, you can not tell whether they are a man or a woman or what race they belong to- they are all just human. A visual communication graduate from the American University in Dubai with a concentration in photography, Altamash’s work often features themes of the “ongoing struggle that every creative soul encounters on his journey to becoming an artist…His passion is to discuss, explore, depict and project his cathartic struggle to be delivered from the dark womb of creativity into the light of artistic expression.” [Read more...]
In Cosmos, the wise Carl Sagan said, “Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. [...] If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.