Breathtaking Aerial Photos of Water — and Its Absence

We interact with water constantly — and in so many different ways — that its ubiquity makes it seem both inevitable and invisible. We drink it, bathe in it, play in it, and are mostly made of it (a fact that I can never recall without also thinking about The Secret World of Alex Mack). But do we ever really stop and consider the ways it impacts us — and in turn, how we impact it? Photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal took these questions as a creative and human challenge as they traveled the world making their documentary, Watermark.

Watermark “brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it, and the consequences of that use.” The film is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project, which also includes a book (Burtynsky: Water) and a photo exhibition.

From flaming oil spills to colorful public beaches, the photos in this collection encourage us to consider our relationship with the water on our planet in new ways. And once you’ve been fully awestruck by the photos, catch Watermark at one of these screenings near you.

Image Credit: Edward Burtynsky Owens Lake #1,  California, USA, 2009
Image Credit: Edward Burtynsky

Owens Lake #1,
California, USA, 2009