A Gunrun Project

The Waters Beneath

February 10, 2015
Foreign Policy

In May 2009, a truck rolled through the Sheikh Yasin camp in Mardan, Pakistan’s “city of hospitality,” where thousands of people had fled following one of the country’s military offensives against the Taliban.

If water was a scarce commodity to this refugee community, ice was a luxury. And it was worth fighting for: A single block could refrigerate whatever perishables the displaced had secured for their families.

Thanks to Drought, Spiral Jetty Back Again

Rozel Point, Utah, United States
Shoka Javadiangilani, December 23, 2014

Built by American artist Robert Smithson over six days during a drought in 1970, ‘Spiral Jetty’, a 1,500 foot long (460 meter) and 15 feet wide (4.6 meter) counterclockwise coil made of basalt rock and earth, juts from the shore into the pinkish colored waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake.

Earth Day 2014

Oakland, United States
Shoka, April 22, 2014

Eight years before the first Earth Day, in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a scientific book decrying the abuse wreaked on nature by chemical companies careless use of pesticides, fueled the start of the environmental movement.

Fifty-two years later, we still struggle to find harmony between our obsession over progress and nature’s capacity to keep up with this unbridled hunger. The question is whether all this advancement is necessary, or if it is simply a psychosis, a disorder we’ve let run wild far too long and that should be reined in before we lose our grip with reality.

“If there is one thing that I have discovered by studying the ocean, it is that it is greatly imperiled – it is treated both as humanity’s waste bin and its fast food joint”

− Ethan Estess,


Reclaimed Hummer and Whale Tail at SFO

San Francisco, United States
Balazs Gardi, August 25, 2013

I spent my excess time prior to boarding my plane en route to Boston as usual, catching up with emails at the business lounge. I only realized that I made a mistake this time when I passed by the current exhibition at SFO’s terminal 3.

Azdarya Exhibition at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeria Guerrilha

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Balazs Gardi, July 10, 2013

A whole decade has passed since I first met Simon Fisher, a veteran BBC journalist, in Wales. He was my mentor for the couple of months I spent as a Reuters Foundation Fellow at Cardiff University studying the ‘science’ of new media. Little did I know that life would bring us together all these years later in the city he loves and chose to be his home.

As the founder and curator of Rio de Janeiro’s latest and coolest photo gallery Simon invited me to exhibit my favorite images I’ve taken about water.

Copenhagen’s Unique Line of Defense from the Middle Ages

Copenhagen, Denmark
Balazs Gardi, June 18, 2013

By damming a natural stream in the early Middle Ages a system of lakes were created to serve as a natural defense line and to provide water to the city in the event of an attack. Later, for centuries, the lakes served as reservoirs providing drinking water to Copenhagen.

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Oakland, United States
Balazs Gardi, April 22, 2013

Thanks to our friends at Someoddpilot for building this amazing new home for our water stories. Happy Earth Day everyone!

“Plastic bottles have got to go. The bottles take so much energy to make, leach gross chemicals, and last forever. What’s convenient about that, man?”

− Jeff Bridges,

The Dude

It Takes 400,000 Liters of Water a Day to Keep a Small Desert Golf Course Green

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Balazs Gardi, January 4, 2013

Looking down from a helicopter parts of Dubai look just as green as pastures in Scotland. Golf courses connect the various housing projects wrapped with artificial lakes and landscaped gardens, the Greens, the Meadows, The Lakes, The Jumeirah Islands.

With an estimated 350 liters, or a little over 92 gallons, per person per day the United Arab Emirates’ water consumption is among the highest in the world. The water used to irrigate the agricultural fields and keep the meticulously maintained golf courses and public gardens green would at least double this amount.

Tijuca National Park

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
January 6, 2013

Tijuca is a hand-planted rainforest and the largest urban rainforest in the world. In an effort to protect Rio’s water resources Tijuca was replanted by Major Archer and a handful of slaves in the second half of the 19th century after the original forest had been destroyed to make way for coffee farms.

The World Did Not End, Now What?

Oakland, United States
Balazs Gardi, December 21, 2012

The world still exists although the over five thousand-year-old Mayan calendar has officially ended. To be honest I wasn’t really surprised since my friends in New Zealand had safely passed the doomsday deadline while I went to bed halfway around the globe.

Not everyone expected this day to be our last. Some interpreted it as the beginning of a new world rather than the end of it, others saw it as an opportunity for a global shift in awareness, a transformation in consciousness.