Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rona Chang's The Hold Over Water

Rona Chang recently e-mailed me with a link to her series The Hold Over Water. In the environmental tradition of photographers like Edward Burtynsky, David Maisel or Chris Jordan, Chang's documentation of parched river beds and dams across three continents underscores the ever-increasing discordance between man and nature. In her statement, Chang affirms:

"I am impressed by the sheer volume of water that a dam can hold, the seeming void downstream, and the long geometric curve that can make up a dam's form. The idea of humans engineering their landscapes to alter river courses and the flow of nature has always held me in awe. The images that comprise this body of work speak of my fascination with the temporary power man can hold over water."

From Top To Bottom:

Water Falling, Jokuldalur, Iceland

Reservoir Drain, Miaoli, Taiwan

Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA

Opening, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Three Gorges Dam, Yichang, China

All Images © Rona Chang