After viewing James Stone’s riveting new ShinyArt work, Protozone Origin, I cannot help but think of how poignant (and terrifying) this work really is if you look at the status of water around the globe.
Protozone Origin features three sites on the Guadalupe River. The Origin of the Guadalupe River is located in a series of flood control reservoirs located in the suburbs of South San Jose. Stone’s camera lingers casually on the macro landscape at the bank of the river and its sonorous environmental context; then it dips slightly beneath the water for a glimpse of a vibrant population of thriving microorganisms that seem to weave and bob and twist in another world – perhaps a more peaceful one – entirely.
Meanwhile, the photos of the recent flood in Pakistan are not only heartbreaking but ominous in their message about water conservation and impending shortages. In short, there is no conservation to speak of in one of the most unstable regions of the world, and shortages are inevitable as Pakistan relies solely on a river that has been the lifeblood of the region since at least the 2nd millennium BCE. (the Indus).
To me – today – the life that exists under a microscope in Protozone Origin represents the life of people, of communities, even of nations if you consider the warfare that could result from water shortages not just in South Asia, but around the world.