The global award in photography and sustainability

Christian Cravo

Water is a sacred element.

In today’s world, the scientific concept of the evolution of life on Earth provides a limited appreciation of the role of water in our lives. This view needs to be revisited in order to broaden the reality of the facts: seeing water as a source of life, instead of just an infrastructural resource required for the well being of all societies. Since the very earliest times, when the four elements – water, earth, fire and air – were identified as vehicles for communication with the sacred, the sacramental use of water in baptismal ceremonies (religious initiations) and purification rites has given it a special place in the human imagination and the religious unconscious. In some cultures, water is used as a kind of link between humankind and the divine.

The aim of this project is to draw a visual parallel between religious expressions and the element of water in specific parts of the planet, such as West Africa, the Middle East, the Amazon and Southeast Asia – regions where water is essential to the religious, ethnic and cultural survival of their peoples. The Waters of Hope, Rivers of Tears project aims to use powerful images to portray the delicate ‘balance’ that still exists between humankind and nature, challenging ‘contemporary’ people to see water as not just monetary merchandise or a political tool but the result of divine inspiration.

Christian Cravo