Don’t “like” peoples posts, actually genuinely help them.
A great friend of mine helped me today hang my exhibition. I have helped him and he has helped me. It is a small thing and in a small way it will not help the world from the bigger things, but it is the smaller things that change the world. As an artist we put a smaller “pathetic” word or message out there, that we think is important and we hope there is greater good in the things that we believe in, and that it will reach a larger audience.
The greater message, in the end is that we are all together and that without each other there isn’t much. In the new media world more "likes" are important but they aren’t, it’s the few, that dig deep and support one another. It is the few who take action. So check out my friend Trevor Guthrie’s work .
I started this book project Water the Essential because water is the most precious resource we have. It is in the cell of every living creature and organism on this planet, not just the 7.4 billion humans. It is the blood of this planet.
Every day we become distracted about less important issues. We worry about money, our weight and how many “likes” we get on social media however history has a way of repeating itself and the very success of human existence revolves around the priority of water use and its management.
Throughout history great civilisations have grown due to the efficient use and fallen as a result of the mismanagement of water resources. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the varied sources of water, which are often unobserved, which are crucial to the balanced management and larger water solutions. It is not just for human condition that we should worry about water, the very life supporting structures and organisms that make our world, depend on water.
Focusing on water opens up bigger discussions on food supplies, weather patterns, resources management and the politics of borders and national welfare. What we squander today is gone tomorrow. If we do not protect it now, it will be lost to many future generations. Indeed if we focus on the quality and management of water, we focus on the very quality of our own lives.
I highly recommend the following book Water the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilisation by Steven Solomon
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland