j.syz@virgin.net

 


 

I am an independent photographer and filmmaker, documenting humans' impact on our physical environment. I record the traces of our political, social and economic world on the geographic landscape that we inhabit. I also document how people protest or engage with issues around political, environmental and social justice.

 

 'Transitions: American Landscapes' documents a three month journey by Greyhound bus, from the East Coast of the US, to the West Coast, and back again. I traveled from New York to West Virginia, Colorado, California, Oregon, Michigan and back to New York, in the run up to the 2012 presidential election.

 

'Coal River Mountain' is an ongoing photographic project that records landscapes and communities affected by Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining (MTR) in the Appalachian Mountains. West Virginia is one of the poorest states in America, with one of the most bio diverse forestlands in the world. The practice of Mountain Top Removal, to extract coal for domestic electricity production, has destroyed thousands of acres of mountain wilderness in this region.

 

'Peripheries: British Landscapes' explores the boundaries between public, military and state space. The series is a record of military bases, training areas and industrialised landscapes accessible from public byways and paths.

 

'Time To Act' In March 2015, 20,000 people marched through London, to highlight the necessity of action on climate change. On the same day, campaigners protested on the steps of Tate Britain, to highlight BP and fossil fuel companies' sponsorship of the Tate gallery and other major cultural institutions. 

 

Time To Act from Jo Syz on Vimeo.