Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Photo Essay: Roskilde, Dome Church

Wandering through time and lifetimes and centuries of well-preserved dedication. Over worn cobbled streets on our modern pilgrimage. Using a telephoto to expand the little details beyond guard ropes... Hidden details on ceilings where frescoes and buttress connect, fist-sized golden harpy beneath a purple velvet coffin shroud, ivory cherubim, hand-hewn medieval choir stalls, gilded feet of the holy water font...  Gathering natural filtered light and re-building faded contrast from cloistered spaces. A different world bridging the temporal and the dreamed for eternal.
All images ©Bennett Barthelemy 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

I Have Come Here To Bleed

Recent publication for the winter issue of Ojai Quarterly Magazine... It has been great that for over four years now I have been able to write and shoot a feature for every issue on wilderness explorations, trails, enviro groups, local luminaries etc... Grab a copy if you see one. Barnes and Nobles etc...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Photo Essay: COP21 December 11

The deadline for a climate deal is slated for 24 hours...

I spent 10 days in Paris attending events, round tables and art installations in the Green Zone and elsewhere throughout the city and remain encouraged... All images ©Bennett Barthelemy

Monday, December 7, 2015

Indigenous Voices at COP 21

A day of sage and prayers, drums, flutes, banners, and paddling of the Seine River by indigenous from both North and South America. A press conference of indigenous activists giving voice to the rights of the earth... images ©Bennett Barthelemy
Indigenous leaders from South America and the Amazon at a press conference yesterday.

Canoes To Paris

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Photo Essay: Paris December 5th, 2015 COP21

It was a good day to attend the Paris Climate talks... It has been great having a partner to shoot/write/interview and film with...

Corinne pedals to create the energy to charge the cell phone
Pedalling to run the blenders for the fresh juice
My new friend, a newsman from Cameroon that asked me to film him
An interview at the Blue Zone of Nina Gualinga, indigenous rights activist for the Sarayaku people of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Paris Bound for Cop 21

Finding cautious optimism, synergistic momentum and the interconnectedness of many things moving toward my departure to the United Nations Cop21 conference on climate in Paris, now just a few days away...

It will be interesting to see how civil society and governments blend there and find their voices at the event. And even more interesting to see if the bottom to top approach from the global citizenry will take hold in the wake of the talks... And if the necessary synergy and a binding agreement can be reached - and in what capacity.

In the last couple decades I have witnessed changing environmental conditions as a dedicated climber, trekker, wilderness guide and adventure travel photographer and writer.  Glacial ice in New Zealand, Alaska, Argentina, Chile, Peru and the US is clearly shrinking - and temperatures have been steadily climbing in Australia, the Southwestern US, Pacific Northwest - I have noticed monsoon patterns change in Arizona and Colorado, storms become more violent - and now the driest month in more than a quarter century has provided my intro to Copenhagen life. Acidification and heating of oceans, rains coming at different times and plants not being able to adapt, animal and plant populations with narrow windows of temperature adaptability being threatened and looking at extinction, loss of snowpack in the Sierra and the Rockies and exacerbated water issues in the West...

Now in Scandinavia I am constantly aware via local news of the reality of amplified immigration/refugee challenges and nascently swelling populations of effectively borderless Europe. Enhanced turmoil and pressure toward more insulation and less movement toward embracing the larger human community. I think the danger of nationalism is that it can push us further into the us against them mentality and closer to dehumanization... The recent terror attacks and the culture of fear being thrust forward in mass media seems to be enhancing an islamaphobic mentality in cultures already quite ignorant of Islam in general. Seems to be less desire to understand issues and cultures, more knee-jerk reactions and less diplomacy.

With climate change challenges multiplying the number of refugees perhaps even exponentially, jumping arbitrary borders will inevitably become much more commonplace. It intrigues me that as of yet there is still no acceptable legal status for climate refugees - technically they do not exist in the language applied by countries and it apparently was struck last month from the some 50 page draft within the hopefully to be realized COP21 accord.

As I attempt to research climate challenges and the anthropogenic effects - droughts, floods and fresh water and food growing challenges, I find it closely intertwined with the dominant oil and gas infrastructure and it appears that the current wars, migration, terrorists attacks seem to all have solid roots anchored in the global reality of climate change..  Cautious optimism via scientific recommendation to divest as quickly as possible from oil and gas and embrace and build infrastructure renewables/green energy - we know what to do and we have to tools to do it - but the effort required and the necessity to work as a global community in a splintering world seems tricky...

There is a lot riding on this COP in particular... I really hope for some serious communication from indigenous, the global citizenry at large - and that this can drive the continued successes to be realized from a binding and international agreement and the shared voice of a planet and countries in distress...

Here are a few images of some of the more beautiful (and now threatened) places I have ever traveled. All images ©Bennett Barthelemy/Tandem Stills and Motion
Melting glacial ice in Lago Grey, Torres Del Paine National Park Chile.

A calving glacier in the Fitzroy Range, Argentina.

Guding a client on a Colorado Rockies Fourteener

Pacific Northwest kayaker Brenden Wells on the Little White Salmon River

Flowering plants in spring in a very remote part of Grand Canyon National Park.
Guiding a remote trail off of the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park

Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park

A woman in Peru's Cordillera

Calving Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina

Trekking over a 15,000 pass in Peru

Sea life on a small deserted island south of Loreto, Baja Sur Mexico

Forced begging in Dakar Senegal is a reality for  50,000 youth every day where over half the population is said to live in extreme poverty.

Education and schooling is a luxury that many families in Dakar believe they cannot afford so many children work