Drought by Michael Hall
© 2011 Michael Hall
Honorable Mention 7.
      Juror's Comment

      From Scott Atkinson:
      "Dry, dry, dry…this landscape of despair has had almost all life sucked from it—a feeling that’s furthered by the stark, cracked foreground and a smoky, parched color palette."

    • Title: Drought
    • Artist: Michael Hall
    • From: Narrabeen, NSW Australia

    • Website: www.michaelhall.net
    • Other: michaelhallphotography.wordpress.com

    Artist Statement

    "The work concentrates on Australiaʼs global emissions of CO2, and the effects the country is experiencing as a result of climate change. Mainstream Australia is not aware we are the world’s largest emitter of CO2 per head of population. We now emit a 20.58 tonnes per head surpassing the USA in 2009. Most of these emissions are from burning of coal in order to generate electricity. Australia also exports more coal than any other country, a double whammy.

    "There is no such thing as clean coal, the burning of coal is extremely harmful to humans and all other life on earth, it also contributes 38% to global CO2 emissions. Coal in Australia is plentiful and extremely cheap, there are hidden costs however; the future of the planet as we know it. Most of us will not have seen first hand the extent of devastation some parts of the country are undergoing as a result of climate change. Australia is and continues to be one of the most effected countries in the world as climate change embeds itself forever on the human condition.

    "Michael's photographs aim to address the disconnect between the difficult to understand scientific data, misleading media and political misrepresentation and present the viewer with an immediate visual truth."