We gave six talented young artists a Passport to Creativity, and sent them to three of the most remote, protected places on Earth. They captured the sights, sounds and impressions of their destinations. Along the way, they documented the impact of climate change and the struggle of conservation, and explored how creativity might help save the planet.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week (April 15 – 21) and get ready for Earth Day (April 22), than to feature the work of these students. Today we present the art of Amelia Le Brun, a U.K. photography student with a love of digital, film and landscape photography. The environment is Amelia’s muse, and this spring she weathered a thunderstorm at sea to capture the otherworldly colors of Lord Howe Island’s pristine coral reef.
What was your first reaction when you arrived at Lord Howe Island?
Amelia: From the second we left Sydney, I was constantly looking out of the window, desperate for a first glimpse of the Island. When it finally appeared I was awestruck, presented with the incredible aerial beauty of the white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and tropical jungle. The only word I can think of to sum it up is paradise. A term used far too often and loosely but in my opinion, never so aptly.
The Passport to Creativity participants were chosen for their unique style. How did you bring your signature style to this project?
Amelia: My signature style is to hyper-saturate my images. I love a lot of contrast, and if an image is colorful I like to make it super colorful. The same goes for the moodiness of an image. For me, the moodier the better! Lord Howe was absolute paradise in this respect. Everywhere I pointed my camera, both night and day and above and below the water, I was met with riotous color, and in the last few days there were insane storm clouds which created dramatic contrasts with the blue ocean and white sandy beaches.
What was the most surprising thing about working on this project?
The most surprising thing in this project was the unbelievable lengths the Islanders go to in an attempt to preserve the Island and keep its status as The Cleanest Place on Earth – from Island-wide weed eradication, to caps on the number of residents and buildings allowed on the Lord Howe. It was almost impossible to really understand the huge job these people are facing and the never-ending nature of it.
What was your most memorable moment from the experience?
Amelia: The most memorable moment for me was spending half an hour on the ocean during an insane thunderstorm. I grew up in Jamaica and tropical thunderstorms are a thing of my childhood. Reliving the sights and smells on Lord Howe was an extremely happy and emotional experience.
What did you most want to communicate about the place and the experience?
Amelia: The one thing I was most keen to communicate through my photographs is the delicate beauty of the Island, and the threat that it faces. It is much easier to encourage people to protect the beautiful things in life. The worry is, if we cannot protect places like Lord Howe, in all of its infinite beauty, then what chance does anywhere else have?
Visit Bloom Square, Los Angeles, this Earth Day weekend to see an immersive art installation of all the student participants.
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