Left: November 9, 1984. Right: November 28, 2011. The Dead Sea lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, bordering Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, too salty to harbor any life other than bacteria. Minerals from the sea, however, are extracted for various industrial purposes. Mineral […]
With this series of aerial photos Ronald and Johannes won the second prize in the Dutch ‘Zilveren Camera’ photo contest in the category ‘foreign documentary series’.
Images can say more than a thousand words. And sometimes two images together can convey the whole message. Here a few double images that illustrate the conflict between the different uses of Colorado River water. Other combinations just work nicely together visually. Photos: Johannes Abeling and Ronald de Hommel.
This year’s flood has submerged too much land. It’s good for the fish, but not for the farmers and fishermen. Correction: According to Prof. Chavalit Vidthayanon, fishery expert of the Mekong River Commission, this flooding may actually cause the spread of invasive non native species from fish farms. This may endanger local fish species. André […]
Last friday I flew above the Rhine in Germany in an ultra light airplane. Because I had to photograph through a tiny hole in the window, it was not that easy. But it was a lot cheaper than renting a helicopter. From the air you can see the old Rhine meandering around the canalized Rhine. […]
‘Go to the airport’, had the travel agent told us. But before going on a wild goose chase that would not get us a decent price I first spent a few more hours researching the internet. Even a close study of the airport in Google Earth didn’t reveal the presence of any small airplanes.
‘Air walks on a plane in Tan Son Nhat International (Saigon)’, is what I found on the internet. ‘It is a rental aircraft. For a small fee you can rent a plane for air walks.’ Great news I thought, we can focus on aerial photos in the Mekong Delta after we decided to postpone a flight in Cambodia due to bad weather. (Every day around 4pm clouds rolled in over Tonle Sap Lake, spoiling the beautiful light you need for aerial photos.)
Agriculture is the main industry in the Mexicali valley that straddles the vast Colorado River delta. The 1.5 million acre-feet of water that the USA delivers across the border into Mexico are used to water these fields and to supply the major cities Tijuana and Mexicali. Most of it is used to irrigate the vast agricultural area that covers the northern part of the delta.
El Mayor – Inocencia Gonzalez is 74 years old but looks like she’s well in her nineties or even older, and that’s what most people in the region think of the crooked, wrinkled chief of the Cocopa village of El Mayor at the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. She has a valid excuse: the extinction of her tribe’s culture is approaching.