This photographic essay tells the story of the Amazon's destruction during the last two years in the states of Para, Amazonas and Mato Grosso, Brazil. 21/03/2011
In the Amazon, the recent record hitting events of flooding and drought during the past two years, make it possible to realize, not only for scientists, that something very wrong is happening to the planet's climate. Before I accuse the man, or global warming by these facts and opinions about the future and the current state of the region, I tried searching for understanding on how the Amazonians live in all its complexity and uniqueness through the images here and to show that the man still seems to try and adapt to reality of today's Amazon.
Increasingly drastic changes in water levels of the Amazon basin have impacts on the daily life of traditional people and obviously the landscape of the region. Here the Brazilian government, usually absent, can’t reach the region, much less establish themselves and create links with the inhabitants of a more distant communities.
The inhabitants live in constant threat, either by speculation and land theft, arms smuggling, drug trafficking, piracy, land conflicts, ethnic or social issues. Pressure on the forest and its inhabitants to make room, now to the livestock, sometimes for large plots also causes problems for inhabitants and the race for gold, diamonds continues. In a scenario where violence is part of everyday life and does not reach the big national news in many situations and prostitution or sexual exploitation and child labor are taken in many cases as something cultural for most of the local population.
These realities are full of detail, where at first sight, or a careless glance one might want to focus on the "greatness" or the "monotonous" landscape without penetrating its intricacies.