Disturbance, stress, trauma, failure, shock, disaster, risk: the power of recuperation, regeneration and recovery of the organisms, the ecosystems and the people on Earth is truly amazing. Our psychological resilience allows us to overcome life’s challenges. Does nature’s resilience allow it to overcome the events man inflicts on it?

In his essay “The World Without Us”, Alan Weisman assumes the sudden disappearance of the human race and fictionally portrays our planet and its ecosystems without humans. He concludes that within a few centuries, cities and residential areas will become forests again. Our radioactive waste, some monuments in bronze or Mount Rushmore would remain the last traces of humanity after hundreds of thousands of years. These images could be the first chapter of his book…

This series questions the relationship between Man and Nature in cities. Dedicated to men, by men and for men, Twenty-first century cities are where more than 50% of the world population live since 2008. Nature is limited in its scope, subjected to quotas, restrained and enclosed in parks. Human hubris confronts the humility of vegetal life: between asphalt and greenery, wilderness and civilization, each sprout, as miniature as it may be, is an ode to freedom, diversity and the teeming of life. Every strand of grass, every seed germinating, each leaf making its way under the pavement, tar or concrete, echoes this extraordinary resilience.