Energy and Ecology

Photographer

Garth Lenz

Concept

Garth’s project with Blue Earth continues his work on the threat presented by unsustainable energy development, particularly unconventional fossil fuels. This work comprises both the photographic documentation of these issues, as well as the effective outreach needed to ensure that the resulting images make a positive contribution. He will be returning this fall to the Alberta Tar Sands to create new work as well as to give a tour of the area to environmental journalists. He will also be touring and photographing the shale gas region of northeastern B.C. on the same trip.

Biography

Garth is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Garth was recently awarded second and third prize in the photojournalism /environment category of the Pris de la Photographie Paris -PX3- competition.

At the International Photography Awards, Garth was recently awarded first prize in the  Nature/Trees category, as well as third prize in the Nature/Landscape category.

His work on the Alberta Tar Sands and boreal region of Canada was awarded first place in Social Documentary Net's competion, "Ten Years After Nine-Eleven: Searching for a 21st Century Landscape." A selection of this work is currently be shown at the PowerHouse Arena in New York and will soon be appearing in Aperture Foundation's, "Searching For A New Front Page," also in New York. Garth's large solo touring exhibition oif this material was premiered at the G2 Gallery in Los Angeles in February and March of 2011.

Garth’s photography of environmental issues, threatened wilderness regions, devastation, and the impacts on indigenous peoples, has appeared in many of the World’s leading publications. These include Time, The Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian Sunday edition and Guardian Weekly, the New York Times Sunday Edition, International Wildlife, B.B.C Wildlife Magazine, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The Tokyo Times, Sierra Magazine, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, and many others.

His work has been used by leading Non Governmental Agencies in full page ads in the New York Times, Conde Nast, The New Yorker, Travel and Leisure, and on billboards throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany, as well as in numerous posters and reports.

Garth has made many international presentations on environmental and indigenous rights issues. He has addressed the European Parliament, Canadian Senate, major corporations and business leaders, and given public slideshow tours throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

www.garthlenz.com

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Current Projects



3 Millimeters


Photographer: Greg Kahn

Three extra millimeters of water every year will make land vanish. It will swallow communities. It will change environmental habitats forever. For townspeople along the inner-coastal region of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the impact of sea level rise is no longer an abstract worry debated by politicians. They see the land becoming more saturated beneath their feet.


A Woman's War


Photographer: Elizabeth D. Herman

A Woman's War documents the lives of women engaged in recent conflicts worldwide, as well as thei...



Beauty and the Beast
Wildflowers and Climate Change


Photographer: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

How is climate change impacting wildflower ecosystems on our public lands? What will be lost?

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Between River and Sea


Photographer: Michael Hanson

Between River and Sea focuses on life in and around Apalachicola, FL. For over a century, an independent, hand-built industry has drifted through the shallow waters of the Apalachicola Bay. This bay, one of the most productive and unique ecosystems in the country, once produced 10% of the nation’s oysters and 90% of Florida's. Today, only a handful of oystermen have work and this community struggles to maintain its tradition and livelihood. Oysters need a mix of freshwater and saltwater. They depend on this balance but the freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin has been drastically cut short by a series of dams and overuse in Georgia and Alabama. As droughts persist alongside a constant pressure from a major metropolitan city at the headwaters, the Apalachicola Bay clings to a trickle of water. The project aims to connect users throughout the watershed and expose what's at the end of the river. It also aims to celebrate the bay and a lifestyle that revolves around the perfect mix of fresh and salt water.


Cameras without Borders
Photography for Healing and Peace


Photographer: Eberhard Riedel

Recurrent racism, tribalism and fundamentalist ideology are tearing apart the human fabric. Over ...



Capturing the Killing Fields


Photographer: Jason Houston

In 1980 MacKenley and Simone Leng fled their native Cambodia, having survived the 1976-1979 Khmer...



Changing Perspectives
Energy in the American West


Photographer: Jamey Stillings

Changing Perspectives is an aerial and ground based examination of large-scale renewable energy d...



Choosing Hope
Reclaiming the Duwamish River


Photographer: Tom Reese

The Duwamish River can be hard to love, but it flows powerfully through the hearts of those who k...



Epidemic - TB in the Global Community


Photographer: David Rochkind

The statistics are alarming.  In 2009, there were 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB)...



Facing Climate Change


Photographer: Benjamin Drummond with multimedia stories by Sara Joy Steele

Facing Climate Change is a long-term documentary project that tells the story of global change throu...


Fracking: Forgotten on the Bakken


Photographer: Bruce Farnsworth

Forgotten on the Bakken illustrates the environmental and cultural impacts of fracking, an industry now underway in 20 states. This project begins on the northern great plains but is representative of experiences throughout fracking country. Traditions of open space and agrarian livelihoods have been disrupted by a flurry of activities associated with the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry. North Dakota—situated on the Bakken geologic formation—is now the second highest oil-producing state in the nation.


Fruit of the Orchard to Dying for Profit


Photographer: Tammy Cromer-Campbell

This book is an extended essay, photographed with a Holga camera, on a small African-American com...



Heaven’s Gain


Photographer: Justin Maxon

(2012-ongoing). July 5th, 2013. “Hey Bro, well its 7 months today since you was taken away from us . . . I know you don’t want to see us down & heart broken. It is going to get harder b4 it get easy but we trying."


La Carretera
Life Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway


Photographer: Roberto (Bear) Guerra

"Highways, of course, alter everything. They change patterns of human settlement, hasten the dest...



Leaving the Life


Photographer: Tim Matsui

Leaving the Life uses the power of stories to foster empathy among stakeholders and build unexpected alliances, strengthening the anti-trafficking movement and efforts to effectuate institutional and cultural change.


Life Without Lights


Photographer: Peter DiCampo

At a time of mounting uncertainty over the future of energy, it is easy to forget that 1.5 billio...



Louisiana, Purchased


Photographer: Terri Garland

This project examines the consequences of greed and neglect in relation to both the loss of vital...



Mustang, the last Tibet


Photographer: Filippo Mutani

Upper Mustang is also known as a "Tibet outside the Tibetan Border". It resisted the Chinese invasion and it has been the base for the C.I.A. financed guerrilla against China during the sixties. The last King reigned until 2008, and he still lives in Lo Manthang. Being forbidden to foreigners until 1992, the Mustang is also the last Tibet enclave because it has managed to preserve original tibetan culture and buddhism practically untouched since the middle age.


Nowhere People


Photographer: Greg Constantine

As multi-ethnic societies continue to reshape cultures around the world, the basic rights afforde...



Our Warming World


Photographer: Daniel Beltrá

My project asks us to consider the landscape as a place we have altered, all while striving to co...



Ross Island and the Future of the McMurdo Sound Region


Photographer: Alasdair Turner

We have entered a time when places the least near us beckon us to understand them, to feel them so that while we tred on our part of the Earth they are constantly with us and with our choices. Ross Island and the McMurdo Sound Region and the science being conducted there embody what is left of our critical and fragile ecosystems and our attempts to understand them. They are not land for a nation but a place for the world. This project is intended to emotionally and scientifically engage citizens of every nation about why this place and the incredible science that is being conducted there matters. It will give life to and investigate the science of the region from the earliest expeditions to today’s ongoing research.


Salvation Fish


Photographer: Paul Colangelo

Salvation Fish is a three-pronged project with the goal of raising the public profile an...



Shadows Of A Revolution


Photographer: Paul Gregory Newman

The fall of Nicolae Ceausescu took place in December of 1989 and the country slowly unraveled. Sh...



Sin & Salvation In Baptist Town


Photographer: Matt Eich

Since early 2010 I have returned to the town of Greenwood, Mississippi to explore the contemporar...



The People of Clouds


Photographer: Matt Black

The People of Clouds documents the unraveling of one the world's oldest farming cultures...



The Truth Told Project


Photographer: Sarah Fretwell

The Truth Told Project was born in December of 2010 when award-winning photographer Sarah Fretwel...



Treece


Photographer: Dina Kantor

Treece, Kansas is a former mining town with a population of around 140. Its last mine closed in t...



Wolf Haven


Photographer: Annie Marie Musselman

In the wake of the exotic animal trade, a sanctuary exists in Washington State where wolves are r...



World View of Global Warming


Photographer: Gary Braasch

The goal of World View of Global Warming is to illustrate the physical changes and compelling sci...