Classy International quality quarterly print magazine “Orion” celebrates it’s 40th anniversary of continuous publication this year … and I can’t think of a better time for my images to make an appearance inside in a ten page ‘spread’.
Four of the images I made whilst working in Chhattisgarh India just before the pandemic are spread across the pages of the story “The Place of Many Waters” penned by University of Sydney professor of sociology Sujatha Fernandes … two images as double page spreads and two page lead pics. Also a fifth ‘bonus’ image run across the back cover of the magazine accompanied by a beautiful fitting quote (see images below).
My work in Chhattisgarh on Indian mining giant Adani’s open cut coal mining destruction of the beautiful Hasdeo Arand forest … the centuries long home of the tribal Gond peoples … seamlessly slotted around Sujatha’s excellent words documenting the struggles, similarities and threats from the mining conglomerate to indigenous peoples in India and Central Australia.
Will let “Orion” explain it’s style and mission in it’s own words … “Orion magazine invites readers into a community of caring for the planet. Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.”
The complete “The Place of Many Waters” story … Sujatha’s words and my images … may also be found online here … https://orionmagazine.org/article/coal-mining-indigenous-land-rights/ … however, it’s much nicer to view and read it in the lovely hard copy paper magazine.
My work on the Gond people of the Hasdeo Arand and their fight against the destruction of their forest home has also been published elsewhere … including (but not only) … the Guardian, CNN and Italy’s ‘Corriere Della Sera‘.
Images © Brian Cassey, magazine © Orion