For Flourish/Collapse, Stefanie Moshammer submitted a series of images that illuminate the many mirrors that exist between growth and decay in nature—and the illusory line that separates human consumption from its impact on the environment. Here, she offers a side-by-side of what it looks like when nature (including humanity) trends upwards and when, often by our own design, it falters.
WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEFANIE MOSHAMMER
A fish in the desert
where there is no water to hide
A bee gathering the nectar of flowers
with its poison inside
Sweet poison, sweet as lime
Earth and air are fragrant with decline
You said tomorrow everything is going to be a bit better
the colors are gonna be brighter
the light is gonna be shinier
and the air is gonna be whiter
Pain and pleasure, born as twins
mingling with each other since
and the fish who leaves the desert after all these years
floats into the river of tears.