Once a year on April 22nd, there is an official Earth Day. It gets moderate attention on the social media channels, a handful of people will show up at an organized event to pick up trash on the beach, a group of people may be extra diligent to turn their lights off when they leave the room and a couple more may take only half as long in the shower to save some water. When April 23rd rolls around, most of those people just go back to their normal habits- ignore the litter, leave the lights on all day and soak in a hot bath every night. Our Earth’s natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate and will continue to do so if we don’t do something about it – and not just on one day a year. The following time-lapse hopes to raise some awareness and remind us of what we have to lose if we don’t.
Photographer Shreenivasan Manievannan traveled across the United States to capture the beauty of the National and State Parks. What began as a project to “learn and fine tune [his] skills on how to capture the change of light more efficiently and professionally,” after his first time-lapse of Crater Lake in Oregon, became a project with a deeper purpose. Having ignited a passion to improve in his craft, Shreenivasan began calculating weather conditions and astronomical alignments to various landscapes and traveling to those locations hoping to different alignments, cloud movements and reflections that might provide nice images for his time-lapse.
As he went further in his journey, he began to feel and see the effects of climate change in the beautiful locations he visited. From Yosemite to Mt Rainier, the effects of the severe drought could be seen in the rivers and lakes. He began noting the unusual weather patterns on a trip to Alaska – temperate instead of the expected winter – and the scorching temperatures during the summer in most parts of the country. Shreenivasan says,
Though it provided some amazing light for me to capture, it clearly highlighted the climate change we are going through. Hence, I clearly found a much stronger objective to achieve for my film that I embarked in the beginning to satisfy my passion for photography. I got even more motivated to travel across different parts of the country to showcase the beauty of the nature which we are blessed with and create awareness to conserve them for the best of our future.
After two years, Shreenivasan had traveled to 30 locations, filmed 56 sequences and took around 15,000 photographs to create the following time-lapse film, ‘The Untouched.’ The film focuses on the beauty in our world and hopes to “convey that we can’t reverse time and bring back all that we have lost by mistake. We need to have the urge to step up as individuals, as a community, as a country, as a world, to conserve and combat the changes for the sake of our future.”
Watch ‘The Untouched”