Hard Rain

Posted: 20 November 2007

Pictures can tell more than a thousand words, but in the case of a new book published in April, both pictures and words carry a hard punch.

Hard Rain cover
Hard Rain cover
Photographer Mark Edwards has teemed up with Bob Dylan to illustrate the lyrics of his 1960s hit A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall and to highlight our headlong collision with nature. Each phrase of this 'song of desperation' is interpreted in pictures from around the planet, mostly from Mark's personal archive, but with contributions from other photographers. The result is stunning.

To accompany this, the book carries two essays. The first, by Mark Edwards himself, draws on a lifetime of travel and thought about what he calls 'A world gone wrong': an overcrowded world of poverty and planetary destruction, now faced with global meltdown. The second is by Lloyd Timberlake, who has reported on what is happening to people and the planet from 65 countries, and still puzzles "how we can be so stupid, so short-sighted. How can we ignore the suffering of billions and the threats to other species, and the links between the two?"

As Tim Smit, who co-founded the Eden Project, writes: "This book is a masterpiece that summons up the ghosts of our past and a vision of the future that was ours to change."

A new edition of this book is now available to readers of this website at a discounted price of £10 plus p&p. You can send your order to hardrainproject.com mentioning Planet 21.