“Our unquenchable thirst for the earth’s defining resource”
“THE WORLD’S POPULATION was 2.8 billion when I was born. Not quite six decades later, 7.2 billion humans inhabit the planet. This fact runs through almost all of my photographs, but it became especially relevant when I started to think about taking pictures of the earth’s water.
My journey began in California, in 2008. National Geographic had asked me to contribute to an issue devoted to water, and California, with 38 million people and an enormous agriculture industry, turned out to be a good place to start.” –VISUAL ESSAY BY EDWARD BURTYNSKY – OCTOBER 2013