The Hard Rain Project takes its name from Bob Dylan’s song- “A Hard Rain is A-Gonna to Fall.”
Mark Edwards tells how in July, 1969 he was lost on the edge of the Sahara, and was rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who took him to his people, made a fire and produced a cassette player. Bob Dylan sings “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”. As Dylan piles image upon image, the idea came to Edwards of illustrating each line of the song. In the years that follow, he travelled to over 150 countries to photograph our headlong collision with nature. Hard Rain is the result — an unforgettable collection of photographs illustrating Dylan’s prophetic lyric.
The Hard Rain Project Website is described as a forum for debate about the issues that will define the 21st century. The Project organizes exhibitions and shows photographs to illustrate the theme of climate change and of our need to protect the environment.
A Hard Rain is A-Gonna to Fall
Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways,
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard,
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
lyrics © Bob Dylan