“In Lithium I continue to explore humanity’s interaction with the environment. I never cease to be inspired by its complexity, nuances and our search for balance.
My previous work depicted the deeply unsettling evidence of destruction left in the wake of our ascent as species. As I turned to exploring the quest for solutions, the focus of this new series has shifted, for lithium brine pools in the Atacama Desert, in every hue of bright, almost fluorescent, blue and yellow, might be emanating hope for a cleaner and greener future.
I acknowledge the profound changes that we made to the planet but I have always believed in human ingenuity and our capacity for invention. We cannot afford to entertain a naive hope of suppressing the humans’ drive for a better life. We can, however, engage in a dialogue on how to elevate our decision-making beyond the short-term horizon.”
For this series Timo travelled to the Atacama Desert, a 1,000-kilometre long strip of nothingness, so devoid of rainfall and live that it doubles as a Martian runway for NASA. It is also a treasure trove of minerals and home to 50% of current global resources of lithium. This silvery-white metal has recently been propelled to the natural resources stardom powered by demand for rechargeable batteries. As governments concede in setting emissions reduction targets and encourage uptake of electric vehicles, the brine pools in the Atacama have never been fuller.
Timo often cites abstract expressionism as his source of inspiration and in Lithium his focus is on interlacing colours where optimistic yellow alternates with vivid celestial blue.
Timo Lieber is a London-based, dynamic, thoughtful, award-winning aerial and landscape photographer. Timo has photographed across the globe, from the Arctic Circle to remote deserts, and his images capture audiences worldwide.
Through five series of images, we can see Timo’s evolution as an artist and photographer. Moving from quiet admiration of nature’s magnificent landscapes into questioning and analysing the ways and results of human interactions with nature, we can see progression of Timo’s artistic fascination with Earth – and humans’ interaction with it – as his subjects.
Timo is the 2013 winner of the International Pano Awards (Australia), the world’s largest competition of its kind and judged by Peter Lik that year. He has received numerous further awards, including International Photography Awards (US), National Geographic (US), PX3 Prix de la Photographie (France), Wildlife Photographer of the Year (UK), Sony World Photography Awards (UK) and Global Arctic Awards (Russia), amongst others.
Timo’s work has been exhibited in the UK and Continental Europe and his images are held in both corporate and private collections. One of his images is currently on display at the Natural History Museum, London.
INFO: Pigment print on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper.