Thursday, July 31, 2008

Consuming nature

bear watching

Reading this sign in Tofino, I was struck by how we now simply watch what we once hunted. I think it was John Berger who once suggested that the transition from gun to camera could be seen as just a different way of shooting wildlife. His argument that the impact is similar must be an over-statement, but it does draw attention to our changing ways of consuming nature. Anyway, when we did see a bear by the roadside we realised we'd left the camera in the boot of the car, so maybe that was a good thing!

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