A surprising juxtaposition
Two image galleries have caught my eye.
The first comes from Prix Pictet’s 2008 shortlist of 18 photographers nominated for works demonstrative of their talent as artists and ability to communicate stories of urgent global significance within a distinct sustainability theme. The theme for 2008 is water.
So who is Pictet, and why the interest in sustainability? I found the answer surprising:
Pictet is a leading wealth and asset management group worldwide, which aims to be grounded on sustainable business principles for the environment, society and corporate governance.
In this context we seek sustainability not just in terms of our core business and financial success, but to build long-term partnerships with our stakeholders based on trust and mutual respect.
Preservation and management of an item is required for it’s sustainability. It seems Pictet has expanded their definition of wealth and asset sustainability to include the environment. Hm.
The second gallery also contains a surprising juxtaposition, this time between photographer and subject. Fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø has created the Perroquet project, a showcase of 8 film shorts and a selection of photographs. Eager to pay homage to a lifelong fascination with science photography and nature documentaries, Sundsbø has as the central focus of this project the perroquet, a type of small, slender, long-tailed parrot. Using skills developed in the fast-paced, demanding fashion industry, Sundsbø has captured the movement of the perroquet in mid-flight. The resulting images are breathtaking flashes of stolen glory.