Photo Elicitation: Trees and the City

This essay aims to discuss, through a photo elicitation, the four different narratives of trees, as stipulated by Joanna Dean, that one encounters in the city. It provides a personal story for each of the four narratives, accompanied by respective photographs, as well as three other interviews with a peer, parent and grandparent on each…

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

This article discusses a personal visit to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, in Pretoria, South Africa. The article describes my experience at the sanctuary, a reflection on what I discovered, a discussion of the fauna and flora of the area, the importance of the site for the community as well as any environmental concerns I…

Slow Violence

This article discusses Rob Nixon’s notion of ‘slow violence’, as described in his article ‘Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor’, through the form of a photo essay, in which four photographs are used to represent an environmental concern of slow violence. Thereafter the four photographs are discussed and narrated, to bring into focus…

Companion Species

This article discusses Donna Haraway’s notion of the ‘companion species’, through the form of a photo essay, in which four personal stories of the relationship between pets and humans are documented as examples. These four, short stories will be discussed in conjunction with the provided photographs taken of each narrative. Haraway describes the notion of…

The Soundscapes of the Anthropocene

This article discusses the key concepts of the Anthropocene, as discussed in four articles, namely; Gisli, P et al. 2013; Steffen, W et al. 2011; Waters, CN et al. 2016 and Whitehouse, A. 2015. It also debates how human activities impact the natural environment, in terms of the fauna, flora, biodiversity and foremost, the sounds,…

The South African Drought and the Media

This article analyses the current environmental issue of the drought in South Africa and critiques the reporting by the media of the issue through reference to three online media articles from namely, Aljazeera.com, Yahoo news and SABC.co.za. It also proceeds to provide an environmental humanities analysis of the articles based on the journal article Humanities…