Above, misleadingly beautiful and absolutely gut-wrenching photos from photojournalist J Henry Fair’s book, the day after tomorrow: images of our earth in crisis. Henry takes photos of areas in environmental crisis around the world, to show how industry and the consumer affect the planet.
Says publisher Powerhouse Books of Henry’s work:
Fair captures spellbinding vistas of pools of toxic hog waste, streams of paper mill runoff, and the remains of hollowed-out mountains. These environmental abstractions lure the viewer in with unique asymmetrical shapes and striking colors; however, fascination quickly turns to horror, as the viewer realizes what lurks beneath the surface of the image.
At TEDxBerlin, Henry gave an annotated tour of his work, explaining how his photographs show the “hidden costs” to the things we buy — things like toilet paper, hairspray, gasoline, even power for our homes. Watch his whole talk here.
Thanks to awkwardsituationist for originally posting these photos, which include depictions of areas near paper towel, printer paper, and aluminum manufacturers — the details of which you can find here.