ATHENA AZEVEDO

photographer

ATHENA AZEVEDO

wild becoming: ethnobiological interpretations

Winner: 5th place in the Youth Noise: Green Schools Media Challenge. See link below to see official announcement.

Framed Paradise

From the U.S. to Rio de Janeiro

My goal for my photographs in “Wild Becoming: Ethnobiological Interpretations” is that they serve as catalysts of remembrance and reflection in how we relate to the natural world in contemporary and traditional ways. It’s my belief that living in remembrance of these relationships will assist us in restructuring and realigning our modern living systems (economical, agricultural, medical, architectural, etc.) in more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable ways as demonstrated by the biological world.

Ethnobiology is the relationship between humans, biota and the environment. Today, in the midst of critically reevaluating how we use the earth’s resources, we need visual models to remind us of the natural connections we already have with the planet.

Sustainability may be the current term for revisiting what we have always done traditionally; and yet, we are searching too for new models that incorporate technological advances and methods. Sometimes, we question whether our advances have occurred too quickly and without the necessary reflection to answer where or how we’ve come to this unique historical moment. Arguably, our technical advances: television, commercial farming techniques, shipping, even air conditioners, have taken us further away from our natural relationship to the cycles of the earth: the growing seasons, the call of the 1st morning bird, dew on the grass illuminated by the sun and the waxing and waning of the moon.

Without understanding and experience of how we relate to nature, how can we realistically build sustainable models and systems for the future?

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