Photographer Edward Burtynsky spent five years documenting how man’s increasing need for freshwater, if poorly managed, can have a devastating impact on the planet. Through industrialisation, population growth, and agricultural expansion, land and water can become "distressed…altered, diverted, or transformed".
His Water project warns of rivers running dry, declining fish populations, aquifer levels dropping, land affected by flooding, subsidence and erosion, and increasing deforestation.
'Ölfusá River #1', an aerial photograph taken in Iceland, is a beautiful, ethereal and abstract image of glacial silt deposits in a shallow section of the vast river. The myriad of tiny dots, in the centre of the image, are swans.
Hedge, issue 33, February 2015, pp68-76