Country of origin: Germany
Subtheme: Environment, Order and chaos, Society
Peter Bialobrzeski (
Looking at the photos of Paradise Now, we are faced with a somewhat peculiar paradise. Bialobrzeski photographed the nature on the fringes of Asian metropolises. It contrasts sharply with the buildings in the background. Rapidly advancing urbanisation makes it seem almost like a rarity, oddly out of place. The constantly-burning sodium-vapour lamps of neighbouring building sites turn nature an unnatural green. But what are we really looking at here: a paradise being lost, or an artificial paradise under construction? There seems to be no unequivocal answer to this question – the photos are inherently ambiguous. How long can we go on wasting so much light and energy, the photographer asks. But his photos also show us the undeniable beauty decadence and folly can sometimes have.
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