We Grieve: Images of the Amazon Forest Fires

*Images in this post not mine. Header image PC Reuters. With the fires currently devastating the rainforest in Brazil I’ve been thinking a lot about ecological grief. Millennials such as myself have grown up in a world where ecological spaces unmarred by some human-caused destruction are rare. All around us we witness the natural world…

The Accidental Marketer: An Anthropologist at the DVBA

Of all the summer jobs I saw myself taking, marketing is not one I would have expected. I’ve worked in communications before this and I knew that marketing is suggested to anthropology students who don’t want to follow academic and research paths. Still, working hand in glove with the business community was never my aspiration.…

For the Love of Green and Growing: Exploring Butchart Gardens

Although a permanent resident of Victoria, I have been remiss in my explorations of some of our 'must see' attractions here on the island. Because my personal inclination is to photograph in 'wild' and 'natural' settings I haven't had much of an eye for some of the more manicured gardens and parks. However, I was…

Environmental Guilt

Until you have had a frazzled morning, forgotten your reusable cup, and bought a tea in a paper cup, have run to class, and received looks of askance from your fellow altruists, you may not fully understand the weight of superficial environmental guilt. Of course, my fellow students and I care deeply about our impact…

Ocean’s Away

In order to care about something, to really care about its wellbeing, some emotional connection is necessary. We protect what we care about which is why images are so significant for the environmentalist movement. This world is amazing, and flat images will never measure up to breathing in salty air but they have their own…