teNeues Publishing Company
August 15, 2018
Hardcover, 256 pages
11.7 x 1.1 x 14.8 inches
FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THROUGH THE LENS OF MY CAMERA, I HAVE SOUGHT OUT THE HOPE AND BEAUTY WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF ALL LIFE AND ALL PEOPLES, FROM FOREST TO OCEAN. IN THE FACE OF THE MYRIAD UNRECOGNIZED PLIGHTS AND URGENT TRUTHS OF OUR SHARED HUMAN AND PLANETARY CONDITION, THESE SHIMMERING THREADS PROMISE CHANGE.
Cristina Mittermeier knows a thing or two about water. Trained as a marine biologist and a photographer, the Mexico City-born Mittermeier combines her work behind the lens with her passion for environmentalism, taking pictures around the world to explore our relationship to the earth and ocean and to draw attention to the beauty and the plight of our planet.
In Amaze, Mittermeier elicits our wonder and awe at the natural world and the labyrinth or “maze” of navigating a sustainable existence. The book combines two series: “Enoughness” and “The Water’s Edge.” The first draws out Mittermeier’s philosophy for a mindful and sustainable way of being in the world. Bringing together photographs from some of the most isolated corners of the earth, the book shows wild animals, remote landscapes, and indigenous peoples–challenging the cult of material wealth and proposing alternatives for a meaningful and sustainable connection to our environment, each other, and ourselves.
In “The Water’s Edge,” Mittermeier presents photographs from around the globe that capture the frontier between land and ocean and the special meaning it has for human life. Whether it is fishermen bringing in their daily haul, women washing laundry in the shallows, or surfers frolicking in the spray, the water’s edge is revealed as an integral and universal space in which ephemeral moments reveal not only our common dependency on the planet, but also our common humanity.
As much an inspiration for sustainable living as a staggering collection of nature photography, Amaze is a must-have book for all those who care about our planet and those we share it with.