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Marie Wilkinson in Africa 2009Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson have been working together as a husband and wife team since 1997, when they first began investigating and documenting the relationship between the indigenous human and natural world on five continents.

Their conversation about global warming, globalization and the future of life on earth started in 1996 on their first trip together abroad to Angel Falls in Venezuela. Their first book of photography in black and white, Lost Africa: The Eyes of Origin (Assouline 2004), explores the ecological and man-made challenges facing tribes from Ethiopia to Namibia, which also placed in the fine art book category at the International Photography Awards in 2008.  It highlights the twin scourges of globalization and climate change affecting tribes from Ethiopia and Namibia.

Their newest book, Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant (Merrell 2009), is one of the first manifestos in black and white ever dedicated to a single species in the wild. Walking Thunder is dedicated to Cyril's and Marie's son Lysander who adores elephants. It placed in the nature category for the Nature Book of the Year at the International Photography Awards in 2010. A documentary dedicated to the elephant and based on Walking Thunder, narrated by Ally McGraw, is currently in production. You can view a clip here.

Now, with their son Lysander, who has been with them on three trips to the Arctic, twice to East Africa and once to India, Cyril and Marie are also working on a dedication to three endangered bioregions; the Arctic, the African savannah and the forests of India, called, IN PREDATORY LIGHT.  The Christos live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and spend part of the year in Amagansett, NY.

 

CYRIL CHRISTO is a poet, whose film, A STITCH FOR TIME (an anti-nuclear documentary), was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. His collections of poetry include THE TWILIGHT LANGUAGE (Canio's Editions) and HIROSHIMA, MY LOVE (Edwin Mellen Press 1997).

MARIE WILKINSON is an architect, planner, photographer.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:03 )  

Elephant Statistics

The current genocide of the elephant must be stopped and an alarm sounded to the world body while we can.

In 1900 there were perhaps 5 million elephants, in 1950 one million. After the slaughter of the 1980’s over 600,000 were destroyed. Today only about 400,000 remain. If the killing continues the world will lose the last herds by the middle of the 2020’s and the world will never be the same.

Pacquo, a Samburu elder we met in Amboseli, told us that if we lose the elephants only the crazy people will be left and we will lose our minds. There is a bond between us and the largest land mammal on earth that goes beyond biology. It is a karmic bond that ties us we sever at our own peril. All the elders we met agreed that the Creator, the forces that be, were punishing humanity because we had forgotten how to honor Creation, how to respect the elemental powers.

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