The Faces of the Amazon: Projected Photos Onto the Rainforest

It’s not everyday that a photo series takes our breath away. But today is that day. French photographer Philippe Echaroux has revealed his innovative project, “The Blood Forest”, for all to see.

Armed with a projector and his camera, Philippe projected the faces of the Suruí tribe onto their home: the Amazon rainforest. These incredible images show that destruction of the rainforest not only hurts animals, but also the indigenous people. Cutting down those trees is cutting down their home, their lives, and their culture.

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The tribe’s chief, Almir Surui Narayamoga, had been entrusted by the Brazilian government to replant and protect this part of the Amazon rainforest.

Philippe said, “[They are] victims of massive deforestation and gold washers who do not hesitate to violate the Suruí’s territory. The Surui people want to raise awareness of this horrible and greedy slaughter that endangers a territory and its people.”

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More than 300 trucks of illegally cut wood leave the Suruí land each day.

“When you cut a tree, it’s like putting down a man,” Philippe poignantly concluded.

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You can see behind the scenes of “The Blood Forest” in this French video.

View more of Philippe’s work on Instagram and Facebook.

Will Nicholls is the founder of Nature TTL and a professional wildlife photographer and film-maker from England. Having been photographing since the age of 12, Will’s images have won a string of awards, including the title of “Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in 2009 from the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Will is also the author of the book On the Trail of Red Squirrels.

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