- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In an interconnected world, it takes a particular eye to master the intricacy of it through photography. Swedish lensman Mattias Klum’s hauntingly beautiful “EXHIBIT: Spirit of the Wild — Through the Eyes of Mattias Klum” is on display at the Swedish Embassy — known as the House of Sweden — in Georgetown through Dec. 11.

The purpose of the exhibit, Mr. Klum said, is not only to tout his home country’s devotion to renewability and the environment, but also to show, through images, how all life on earth is interconnected.

“Wild places like the Borneo rainforest, the savannahs of Tanzania or the world of life under the sea are as essential to the health of faraway places like Tokyo or Chicago as the lungs in a body are to its muscles,” Mr. Klum said in a statement. “Cities, societies and nations depend on healthy natural ecosystems to survive and prosper. They’re interconnected and interdependent.”

The images in Mr. Klum’s exhibit travel the globe. His lens captures the fragility of ecosystems so distant from one another and yet so interwoven in the biosphere.

“We’re going to need a burst of innovative technologies, improvements in efficiency and sustainable ‘circular’ economies to reach our goals,” Mr. Klum said. “We’re going to have to become stewards of the remaining beauty on our planet.”

“Sweden wants to be a global role model on climate and air quality, and we work hard regarding the battle against climate change. Therefore we are very glad for this collaboration with Mattias Klum and, through his pictures, tell Americans about the importance of taking care of our environment and how climate change affects us all,” Monica Enqvist, head of the Communication and Culture Department at Embassy of Sweden, told The Washington Times.

“The rainforest is not only serving as an important ecosystem for the wildlife in the region, it is also important because it is like a giant sponge soaking up vast amounts of carbon dioxide,” Ms. Enqvist said. “I hope a lot of people see this exhibit and afterwards go home and start battling climate change, like recycling more.”

“Sitting in my tree platform, surrounded by this ancient forest, I feel small,” Mr. Klum said. “But I also take strength from it.

“The natural world, as we know it, is not something we can choose to have or to lose. It’s something we need for our survival.”

“Through the Eyes of Mattias Klum” is open to the public Saturdays and Sunday from 12 p.m to 5 p.m. Admission is free and guides are available on site.

The Embassy will also host an Open House Saturday featuring Swedish musical performances, interactive family events, Swedish food, games and more from noon until 4:30 p.m.

The House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20007.

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