Bloody Hell by Trish  Anderson

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Canon 5D MK11
F4
1/200 sec
85mm lens L series
ISO 400

This image is part of a conceptional piece called ‘Earth series’.

1. Africa is the richest continent for diamond mining, accounting for roughly 49% of world production. The major producing countries are Congo Republic, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Ghana, Central African Republic, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe. Political turmoil in some countries has led to severe degradation of the environment from uncontrolled mining.

2. In many African countries, there is very little industrial mining. Instead, hundreds of thousands of men and children work in dirty, dangerous, and difficult conditions digging for diamonds and they often earn less than a dollar a day. This is artisanal mining, carried out with simple picks, shovels and sieves. Artisanal diggers operate in often unsafe and hazardous conditions, with mine collapses, shootings or beatings, detentions and exploitation common in several countries.

3. The local population in the diamond regions are at risk from the mining activities as rivers are rerouted. This causes increased silting and pollution in the rivers which in turn pollutes the drinking water spreading dysentery, cholera and an increase in the number of mosquitoes carrying malaria. In addition, the degradation of the land and forested areas causes soil erosion and exposure which in turn depletes the fertility of the land for agricultural use.

Sources:
1. American Museum of Natural History
2. Global Witness is British-based non-governmental organisation which investigates the role of natural resources in funding conflict and corruption around the world.
3. www.diamondfacts.org

Comments

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanalmost 4 years ago

    Strong portrait Trish for a sensitive and highly vital subject… Africa is in danger because of the greed of the rest of the world !

  • Thanks for your comments as always Dwarkan. Yes, it’s all seems so hopeless sometimes but it was ever thus that the rich exploit the poor. Plus ça change!

    – Trish Anderson

  • madworld
    madworldalmost 4 years ago

    This is a thought provoking image. And the story of the Diamond men is something many need to know about. Well done

  • Thank you for your kind words.

    – Trish Anderson

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    well done.

  • Thank you. Much appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    – Trish Anderson

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishalmost 4 years ago

    Very powerful Trish…..

  • Thanks very much Ian.

    – Trish Anderson

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 4 years ago

    What an interesting face, and fantastic use of light!

  • Thanks Damienne! Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

    – Trish Anderson

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    Trish this is certainly a POWERFUL Image as Your Write Up is Powerful and Necessary…….Laura

  • Thanks Laura for your kind words

    – Trish Anderson

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago

    Trish, this is very powerful, have to stop favoriting and just add you to my watch list…too much good stuff, Tom

  • Thanks very much Tom! Trish :)

    – Trish Anderson

  • rav1221
    rav1221over 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, he is a very lovely looking person.

  • Yes he’s very photogenic. Thanks for commenting Ravinder. :)

    – Trish Anderson

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago


    Excellent, strong, disturbing image, Tom

  • Thanks Tom, I’m delighted you like it. :)

    – Trish Anderson

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...about 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Tom. :)

    – Trish Anderson

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