Environmental awareness project now with The Story Institute.

Delighted to announce that an exclusive agreement with The Story Institute to manage the Wild Fire, Wild Suburbs, Wild Energy photography is confirmed. 

Townsend Road, Anzac, Alberta. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Townsend Road, Anzac, Alberta. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Please use this link 

http://www.thestoryinstitute.com/wild-fire

Please email Matt at Institute for information.

Exhibition: Royal Photographic Society 160 IPE, London.

An opportunity to view one of the first prints from my RPS Environmental Bursary project is showing tonight at The Royal Photographic Societies IPE 160. Opening in London at Truman's. Please come and join me and the many others that contributed to this year's outstanding exhibition.

12 October, Opening Night, 6-9pm. 

Exhibition continues 13 - 16 October 2017

Please email alan@alan-mcfetridge.com for the Guest List

Syncrude TarSand Oil Refinery, Alberta, Canada. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Syncrude TarSand Oil Refinery, Alberta, Canada. February 2017 © Alan McFetridge

Rings of Saturn - Cassini 22 Sep 2017

Last week, after 13 years of exploration, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft plunged into the upper reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere at 123,000 kilometers per hour and melted away. The spacecraft’s demise, necessitated by dwindling fuel and a need to protect two of Saturn’s 62 moons from potential microbial contamination from Earth, brought forth a global outpouring of sentiment. 

Although pathos ruled for a day, Cassini’s scientists are eager to get back to work. The spacecraft has already revolutionized understanding of gas giants and, with its discoveries of hydrogen-rich water plumes on Enceladus and methane lakes on Titan, the potential for life to exist beyond the classic “habitable zone.” But its final 22 orbits could reveal insights into Saturn’s rings and murky interior

Monochrome version of Cassini's last-ever photo, taken on Sept. 14, 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Monochrome version of Cassini's last-ever photo, taken on Sept. 14, 2017.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Press: The Royal Photographic Society Journal

Delighted to be interviewed by Kathleen Morgan at the RPS Journal for October 2017

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In 2011, the plant at Mildred Lake site (shown) was the largest emitter of greenhouse gases of  in Canada. It is owned by the consortium Syncrude Canada Ltd. The 183-meter high smokestack shown here released over 13 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere in 2011. This includes Ammonia, Sulphuric Acid, and Xylene. The latest available data from Environment Canada shows the plant has lowered emission to 11.4 million tonnes. It is, however, one of seven plants within a 30km radius that released 34 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.

Out of sight for many, tar sand refineries are heavy polluters, categorized as ‘non conventional oil extraction’ by Environment Canada. At a time when CO2 levels in the atmosphere are already at the highest levels in 400,000 years. The colossal scale of industry and infrastructure in the region here supplies demand for existing oil-using infrastructure that has been building in OECD countries from around 1920’s-30’s . In the U.S. average consumption is 2.7 gallons (10.2 liters) per person per day. U.S. consumption compares to India’s 0.15 gallons (0.56 liters) per person per day3. Extraordinary, when taking into consideration world population. Countries with high populations contribute the least to the problem of consumption.

This was made possible by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. See his work until 28 March at @syngentaphotoaward

Somerset House Instagram TakeOver

Alan was delighted to host the Somerset House Instagram account over the weekend.

Firebag is a series of photograms by McFetridge that take place in the heart of earth’s largest biome, the boreal forest. On the 1st of May 2016; heated muskeg from a quad bike’s exhaust ignited a wildfire burnt for a month consuming 600,000 hectares of the forest life, including four suburbs of Fort McMurray. The city became a centre to explore the event of the wildfire and the contact points on interface of human-life and wildlife. The fire cycle is an integral factor in shaping the boreal. Accelerating climate change and increasing human activity at the interface are contributing factors that are disturbing the equilibrium of the ecosystem. This was made possible by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. See his work until 28 March at @syngentaphotoaward

Exhibition: Somerset House, London

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart has been curated into the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition.

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart was made during the demolition of one the Greater London Council's initiatives, the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke. 

 

The exhibition will be on show in the West Wing Galleries of the iconic Somerset House. Curated by Candlestar, it explores various issues to the overarching theme Grow-Conserve, including the challenge of food security as the global population continues to to grow; conflict, climate change and sustainability. The exhibition questions whether or not it is realistically possible to do more with less in order to conserve what we have today for the next generation.

West Wing Gallery

Open 9 - 28th of March, 2017

 Mon, Tues, Sat, Sun 10:00am - 18:00. Wed-Fri 11:00am - 20:00 FREE

Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

Press Release: http://www.syngentaphoto.com/pages/news/index.html