Okanaganatures (2022)

From May to August 2022, I spent three months at the University of British Columbia in the Okanagan region, unceded territory of the Syilx First Nation. Because of its warm and dry climate, and various lakes and mountains, the Okanagan Valley is a very popular destination. It is economically one of the fastest growing regions in Canada with booming real estate, industry and tourism, while simultaneously, facing recurring destructive wildfires. I was equally fascinated and devastated by how humans have altered and are still altering the landscape while at the same time being inseparably intertwined with it.

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About: Nicolas Weisensel is an environmental philosopher and doctoral candidate of literary studies / environmental humanities at Goethe University Frankfurt interested in human-nature entanglements, intra-actions and ongoing transformations. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy & German Philology from University of Würzburg and a M.A. in Environmental Ethics & Philosophy of Economics from Kiel University & Kobe University. Besides his academic career, he worked in journalism, organic farming, renewable energies and currently in green politics.

camera: Nikon F-301 (analogue)

lens: Tokina AT-X 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5