The Ganges is India’s most sacred river, but also the most polluted. Millions of Hindus live from its water, bath in it and conclude their lives on the riverbanks. At the same time, settlements and companies dump their waste into it.
It took the Mekong River thousands of years to create its delta in Vietnam and it never failed to feed the population. Today the river is in danger: the Mekong delta is sinking and fish migration is blocked because of the new mega dams.
The first kibbutz was founded in 1910 in Israel by ten young Jewish Ukrainians. Today there are 273, but the traditional collectivist model had to evolve to adapt to new lifestyles.
Holy for half Humankind, the Jordan River remains nowadays a dirty and polluted stream. Most of its water has been diverted for farming and cities in Israel and Jordan.
The Colorado is the vital artery of the American Southwest but is also the only river in the world that no longer flows into the ocean.
With little to no concern for environmental risks or local population, China and India are engaged in a hydro-dam construction race on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries, in efforts to generate substantial amounts of electricity.
For centuries, Nile water access has been one of Egypt’s major concerns and the country won’t hesitate to go to war to preserve it. One reason for the 25-year civil war in the Sudan is due to the Nile, and the new Millenium Dam constructed by Ethiopia, which is sure to increase tensions.
Near Lake Victoria in Tanzania, evil is driven by the belief that albino body parts possess magical powers that will bring wealth if used in potions produced by local witchdoctors.
Ecologists since the 15th century, the Bishnois of Rajasthan, India have made wildlife and environment protection their life’s work
Series of eclectic portraits in back and white ranging from a Cossack in the Ukraine to a sales director at Google France or the former President of the Soviet Union.
Since the 15th century, the Bishnois have highly respected women. The founder, guru Jambheshwar, created 29 principles of which the first two are dedicated to preserving women’s good health : Maternity leave and Rest during their menstrual periods. Greatly ahead of their time, I hope they will inspire the rest of the world.
Libertines, swingers, hedonists…Libertine philosophy exists since the 17th century in France and especially in Paris. I discovered a world where women are totally respected and strict rules apply. It’s far from what most people think it is.
Maui Island, surfers’ paradise, is capped by a volcano and surrounded by beaches. The most hidden beach welcomes people every evening who are willing to dance and sing while paying tribute to the Sun.
Since ancient times, this important community exists, scattered throughout Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Romania. It defends its culture and language, but never claimed a state. A rare and unusual example in the region.