We would like to thank George Steinmetz for the use of his extraordinary images throughout the BlueMark website. His images add meaning and new understanding to the impact investment issues on which so many of our clients are focused. George has the ability to depict environmental, social, and economic impacts in unique and memorable ways – ways that bring deeper value and a unique blend of urgency and optimism to our work at BlueMark and Tideline. We believe that the impact of George’s work and the impact investment outcomes of our clients’ work, together can deliver lasting value to our world.

George is a fellow graduate and colleague from Stanford University of Tideline/BlueMark Managing Partner and Co-Founder Kim Wright-Violich. To see and appreciate more of George’s photography click here.

The Stories Behind the Photos

Puncak Jaya, the highest point in the greater Australian continent (16,024 ft.). It is the spine of New Guinea, and a great example of the compressive forces of continental collision.

Female neurosurgeons operating on a male patient in Al-Jalla Hospital, Benghazi, Libya. Signs of democracy and freedom in the post-Gaddafi era.

It takes a lot of work to maintain the vegetable gardens of Timbuktu, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali.  Water has to be drawn by hand pump and then carried by the head load to fertilized plots set out in the sand.

Lençois Maranhenses National Park, a coastal dune field in Brazil that is flooded with fresh-water lakes during the rainy season.

Wijdmeren, a former peat bog, was harvested to the point that it became a lake separated by small islets that have been turned into pricey vacation properties in Noord Holland.

Norway, the world leader in salmon farming with narrow and deep fjords that afford protection from wind and wave damage. Each pen, holding 200,000 fish, is connected to a barge that spews food pellets through floating pneumatic tubes.

China’s Fujian Province has had most of its wild fishery depleted, so most of the shallow coastline has been divided into vast tracks for aquaculture. Here grids of rope fixed to bamboo poles support fields of purple seaweed that is harvested and kiln-dried, before being sold for soup.

Umm al-Maa lake in the Ubari Sand Sea, Libya. The lakes have been slowly drying up due to increased farm irrigation.

The longest sand dunes in the world are found in the Rub’ al Khali desert of Saudi Arabia.  A thin ribbon of asphalt now crosses sands once considered one of the  great achievements of exploration, akin to an Everest summit or reaching the poles.

Elephants grazing in Lake Amboseli, Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

Rafts of logs await export to Japan from Port Angeles, Washington, United States. These logs are from clear cuts that reduce the ability of US forests to consume the greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels.

Airplane shadow, Lake Natron, Tanzania.

New York City bridges, United States.