Beach by Daniel Blochwitz
33 1/4 x 45 1/4 inches overall. Digital c-prints.

Daniel Blochwitz says, "Growing up in East Germany, I noticed quite early the destructive side of the then-prevalent belief that industrial progress is the pathway to the liberation of humankind from exploitation and inequality. I had my 'Rachel Carson moment' when I observed former fresh water springs in my childhood neighborhood being filled in with industrial waste. With an awakened 'green" consciousness, tensions over such issues led me on a collision course with the official view, but the fall of the Wall in 1989 saved me from harsher repercussions. 

"Although in the West I found a much greater tolerance towards the expression of dissenting opinions and political beliefs, issues of environmental protection are still mostly trumped by industrial production -- in the name of profits and unhinged consumerism."

Daniel Blochwitz began studying photography in the United States, and he currently lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. 

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