Trunk Xu x Greenpeace Photo Series Represents the Separation Between Nature and Mankind

BY CATHERINE CHOJNOWSKI

Facing an administration that denies climate change, it is more important now than ever to draw attention to and help people understand the severity of the issue at hand and its implications on the future. While government officials are turning a blind eye to climate change, local politicians and companies are taking it on themselves to make a difference in whatever way they can.

Trunk Xu, an esteemed Chinese photographer known for his editorial and fashion photography, collaborated with Greenpeace, an international environmental non-profit organization, to illustrate the separation between nature and mankind. This sponsored photo series features a man, dressed in a tuxedo and wearing a penguin head, interacting with various environments in the bustling city of Beijing. Although the photos are set in a densely populated city, there is an eerie impression of isolation and solitude seen throughout the series.

This year we have the opportunity to create the largest protected area on Earth: an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. It would ensure a safe home for future generations of animals, and protect the waters from industrial fishing vessels, currently sucking up the tiny shrimp-like krill, on which all Antarctic life relies.
— Greenpeace official website

The photo series was created for Greenpeace's global campaign supporting the establishment of an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, which would span over 1.8m square kilometers, making it the world's largest reserve. This sanctuary would span from part of the Weddell Sea to the Antarctic Peninsula, aiming to protect the wildlife that inhabit the area and ban all forms of fishing. Although the proposal has already gained the support of multiple countries, a final decision will be made by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) -- made up of 24 national governments and EU -- in October.

Lead Image Credit: Trunk Xu