I saw this as a headline in the press. Not today or tomorrow, but in 100 years time. Photography is Dead, not because of advances in technology or the lack of interest in the art. People will still look back at the pictures we take today and say how wonderful they are.
But there will be a different thought in their minds as well. They will view the pictures and wonder what all these strange creatures may have been like, really like, and where are they now? They will see pictures of trees and plants and will be asking the same question, “Where are they now?”
How do I know this? Well I look back at the animals and plants that were here in the past that have already become extinct and wonder the same thing. Where are they? Why did they disappear? The answer is simple, humans killed them for food, but they mainly killed them for sport. We of course only know of the species that were documented before they were exterminated, I wonder how many others were also exterminated that went unrecorded.
In a few hundred years the wild life we know today will cease to exist. The extinction of the big game, all of it, is inevitable because of human greed. What will the hunters turn their guns on next?
Well the Germans, Austrians and some islanders in the Mediterranean have already shown the way. They either had no big game to shoot, or they have already destroyed everything in their countries larger than a mouse, so they shoot migrating songbirds.
Africa is losing the big game to hunting and poaching, when that game is gone, the impala and zebra will follow, then the meercats and so on, until only the songbirds are left. Then once every one is killing the birds, what next?
China killed over one million birds in one day because of the misguided belief that they were causing a shortage of rice, in fact most of the birds they were killing were not in the fields but in the towns and cities. The problem in China was not the birds, but the incessant breeding of people that it could not feed. If that sounds familiar, it should, look around at the towns and cities in your country.
We destroy the ecology to feed the masses. When that ecology is gone, the crops will fail, the remaining wildlife will have been blamed and destroyed, and the masses will die of starvation. But Hey, that is not our problem, we will be long dead, that will be for someone else to sort out, we did our bit. True, that will be for someone else to sort out, if they can, your children and grandchildren.
So who wants to photograph starving humanity in a concrete and steel tomb?