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cover image by Ryan Harding


a possible call

This booklet of images is a result of the call ‘Bye Bye 2012’ that ran for few days right before New Year’s Eve on Urbanautica. The end of the world was imminent and thus we shared this concern with our large following. The participation was massive and from all over the world. Contributions of different sort, gender and mood. After one year we decided to share some of those submissions in a special online edition to be featured on the 31st of 2013. There are no captions, names and much less page numbers. The aim was to construct a kind of polytheist narrative. What matters here is not the single shot but the great desire to understand and embrace what surrounds us. A special thanks to Harvey Benge, Heidi Romano, Greg E. Jones and Bryan Formhals who have sent us their thoughts on photography at the end of the world. Steve Bisson

[21.12.2012 ] The 2012 phenomenon was a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events would occur on or around 21 December 2012. This date was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and as such, festivities to commemorate the date took place on 21 December 2012 in the countries that were part of the Mayan civilization (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador), with main events at ChichĂŠn ItzĂĄ in Mexico, and Tikal in Guatemala.

[ Volcanism ] A geological event such as massive flood basalt, volcanism, or the eruption of a supervolcano leading to the so-called Volcanic Winter (Similar to a Nuclear Winter). One such event, the Toba Eruption, occurred in Indonesia about 71,500 years ago. According to the Toba catastrophe theory, the event may have reduced human populations to only a few tens of thousands of individuals. Yellowstone Caldera is another such supervolcano, having undergone 142 or more caldera-forming eruptions in the past 17 million years. A massive volcano eruption would produce extraordinary intake of volcanic dust, toxic and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with serious effects on global climate.

[ Expansion of the sun ] The theory of stellar evolution predicts that our sun will exhaust its hydrogen core and become a red giant in about five billion years, becoming thousands of times more luminous and losing roughly 30% of its current mass. Ignoring tidal effects, the Earth would then orbit 1.7 AU (250,000,000 km) from the Sun at its maximum radius. This would allow the Earth to escape being enveloped by the Sun’s now expanded and thin outer atmosphere, though most life, if not all, would perish due to the Sun’s proximity. However, a more recent study suggests that the Earth’s orbit will decay due to the effects of tidal drag, causing it to enter the Sun’s expanded atmosphere and be destroyed in 7.6 billion years. Before being swallowed by the Sun, the Earth’s oceans would evaporate, and the Earth would finally be destroyed by tidal forces. However, this fate is not inevitable—it appears possible to move the Earth to a more distant orbit, using repeated close encounters with asteroids

[ Geomagnetic reversal ] The magnetic poles of the Earth shifted many times in geologic history. The duration of such a shift is still debated. Theories exist that say that during that time, the magnetic field around the Earth would be weakened or nonexistent, threatening electrical civilization or even several species by allowing radiation from the sun, especially solar flares or cosmic background radiation to reach the surface. However, these theories have been somewhat discredited, as statistical analysis shows no evidence for a correlation between past reversals and past extinctions.

[ Extraterrestrial invasion ] Extraterrestrial life could invade Earth[79] either to exterminate and supplant human life, enslave it under a colonial system, steal the planet’s resources, or destroy the planet altogether. Although evidence of alien life has never been documented, scientists such as Carl Sagan have postulated that the existence of extraterrestrial life is very likely. In 1969, the “Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law� was added to the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 14, Section 1211) in response to the possibility of biological contamination resulting from the U.S. Apollo Space Program. It was removed in 1991.[80] Scientists consider such a scenario technically possible, but unlikely

[ Meteorit ] Several asteroids have collided with earth in recent geological history. The Chicxulub asteroid, for example, is theorized to have caused the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous. If such an object struck Earth it could have a serious impact on civilization. It is even possible that humanity would be completely destroyed. For this to occur the asteroid would need to be at least 1 km (0.62 mi) in diameter, but probably between 3 and 10 km (2–6 miles). Asteroids with a 1 km diameter have impacted the Earth on average once every 500,000 years.

[ Apocalypse ] An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning ‘un-covering’), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century.

Photography at the end of the world. Is it the end of photography? We have heard this all before. Everybody is doing it and the million images roll in. A flood. Drowning. Photographic noise. Loud and persistent. We have seen all these pictures before and nothing is new, nothing changes. But wait, there is an opportunity here to reinvent to find a different place. How? Begin with the truth, integrity, and engage the head and heart. Put the camera away and start with an idea. Think. There is a way. This could be the beginning of photography? A new world. Harvey Benge

Photographer and Blogger

At the end of the world. Seeing that I had nothing to loose I threw away reason, I took more photos, went back to film, had more adventures, got my hands dirty, played, dreamed, saw, explored, cropped and recorded the light. Contemplated, made new friends and searched for a new commitment. I carefully printed my own encyclopedic lexicon of images from around the world. I was inspired, and invented stories, i swam and looked at the sky. I examined the complexities of a certain melancholy. In absence I raised questions, engaged with the unknown, looked for a new pathway - I opened the shutter. At the end of the world - another kind of fiction. Heidi Romano

Founder Unless You Will Magazine

Its the end of the world, and the pictures are all gone. What were they in the first place? These scraps of paper are burnt to piles of nothing. What’s left of these digital bits that once formed complex patterns of light and are now obfuscated into the simplest bars and blocks of color? What were they in the first place? Cherished personal treasures perhaps? Evidence of important objects? Or wild manifestos that claimed wild world views? Is there not one single picture left in what’s left of this world being cradled and safeguarded against the moment of darkness in which it can no longer be seen? What are these things? What are we without these things? Gregory E. Jones

Founder In The In-Between

The end of the world and the death of photography. It’s nearly perfect but then morning arrives and we realize we’re still here and so is photography. But now what? Where do take it from here? What’s the purpose? Will we figure it out? Does it really matter? At some point in a few billion years, the earth will be gone, but if we’re smart and dedicated, the photographs we make while here on earth will be eternal, and perhaps the only thing that will remind the aliens that there was once life on a planet called earth. Bryan Formhals

Founder La Pura Vida Magazine

Ben Roberts England

Jefrey Pelagio Jacob Philipines

Tiago Santos Portugal

Lucas Hardonk The Netherlands

Enrico Abrate Italy

Shane Lynam Ireland

Mikel Aramendia

Spain mikelaramendia (flickr)

Laura Keller Switzerland

Juan Margolles Argentina

Raffaele Capasso Italy

Peter ZĂŠglis Greece

Louis Vorster South Africa

Laura Glabman


Koichi Nishiyama Japan

Frederic Harster France

Yiannis Hadjiaslanis Greece

Marzena Skubatz Germany

Bruno Zhu Portugal

Piero Turk Italy

Tiago Casanova Portugal

Al Palmer England

Maud Faivre France

ナ「kasz Biederman Poland

Wouter Van de Voorde Belgium

Alessandro Calabrese Italy

Patrick Coughlan England

Benoit Chailleux France

Beth Herzhaft USA

Ana Catarina Pinho Portugal

David Sopronyi Hungary

Corrado Piccoli Italy

Luca Massaro Italy

Andrea Botto


Alex F. Webb England

Christophe Le Toquin France

Sarah-Ann Cousein Belgium

Aoife O’Dwyer Ireland

Yaniv Waissa Israel

Mariya Ustymenko Russia

Ryan Harding England ustymenko

Special thanks to all of you!



This booklet of images is a result of the call ‘Bye Bye 2012’ that ran for few days right before New Year’s Eve on Urbanautica. The end of t...


This booklet of images is a result of the call ‘Bye Bye 2012’ that ran for few days right before New Year’s Eve on Urbanautica. The end of t...