Photo © Andrew Lockwood
As I stood watching the endless throng of people navigating their way through The Narrows of Zion Canyon, the reality of our impact on this planet struck home. Even in a place as regulated as Zion National Park, the strain of human interference was clearly visible. I stopped photographing the canyon and began searching for an image that would tell the story of our natural places. I started by photographing the many people moving about the canyon, but none seemed to have any impact on my emotions. Standing against a side wall to let another group pass, I noticed a pool of water trapped on an embankment and made my way to it. The pool, cut off from the flow of the Virgin River, was covered by a layer of algae. A few leaves had fallen and become trapped within the algae. These leaves would slowly be consumed until the ceased to exist. I stood there looking at the leaves for a few long minutes realizing the powerful metaphor to our planet as a whole. We as humans are numerous and have spread rapidly across most of the planet, consuming many natural places in the process. The leaf in this image is a symbol of our natural world, and the algae represent humanity; slowly, methodically, and effectively eradicating nature. To me, this image speaks of the struggle our planet has against humanity and the urgent need for change before we engulf what remains.
Andrew Lockwood UNITED STATES
Andrew Lockwood is an outdoor photographer who delights in photographing the natural world around him. It is his hope that his images will instill a sense of respect for the natural world that surrounds each and every one of us. His passion for photography has taken him around the United States.
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