EverydayClimateChange Photo Exhibition
edited by Photo Op
in collaboration with James Whitlow Delano and Matilde Gattoni
July 5-August 18, 2019
Inauguration: Friday 5 July 2019 at 19.00
Public opening: Every day from 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Guzman powder gun, ORBETELLO
EverydayClimateChange (ECC) is a project born of an idea by James Whitlow Delano and developed by over 30 photographers from 6 continents who work in every corner of the planet. Started as an Instagram feed to raise awareness of the environmental emergency spread throughout the world, ECC soon turned into a traveling exhibition that offers the widest selection of photographs taken from the project never shown before.
At ImagOrbetello the Photographs of:
Rodrigo Baleia • Nina Berman • Ashley Crowther • James Whitlow Delano • Bernardo Deniz • Sima Diab • Luc Forsyth • Sean Gallagher • Katharina Hesse • Esther Horvath • Ed Kashi • Suthep Kritsanavarin • Matilde Gattoni • Balazs Gardi • Georgina Goodwin • Peter Mather • Gideon Mendel • Palani Mohan • John Novis • Matthieu Paley • Paolo Patrizi • Michael Robinson Chavez • JB Russell • Vlad Sokhin • Jeremy Sutton- Hibbert • Sara Terry • Franck Vogel • Elisabetta Zavoli
Climate change refers to a wide range of global phenomena caused mainly by the effects of the use of fossil fuels, which involve an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, with potentially devastating consequences for our daily lives. These phenomena include the widespread increase in temperatures – global warming – and the consequent rise in sea levels, the melting of ice masses in Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and the glaciers of mountain peaks around the world; alterations of the flowering and harvest seasons and the intensification of exceptional natural disasters.
Starting from the assumption that photography best expresses its scope when it can communicate profound meanings by immortalizing transient effects of important phenomena, EverydayClimateChange intends to present visual evidence that climate change does not only occur in distant places and remote regions, but is happening everywhere . No other medium can reveal undeniable truths like a camera in the hands of someone who understands its potential.
As Berenice Abbott argued, “photography helps people see,” climate change for some is an abstract idea, greenhouse gases are invisible and make the phenomenon easy to ignore, but not everyone can afford the luxury of neglecting it. The repercussions are already evident, an example is drought (common in many parts of Africa, but also in western regions such as California, where in 2017 the state of emergency that had lasted for five years was lifted ), fires woodlands and ever more frequent floods .
It is only in the last ten years that the media has begun to deal extensively with the climatic emergency, the Al Gore documentary “An inconvenient truth “ in 2007 had the merit of attracting international attention to this issue and in 2009 it was held in Copenhagen the UN Conference on Climate Change. But a niche in the scientific community had begun to launch alarms in this direction already in the late 1950s. In 1957, the American Roger Revelle hypothesized publicly that in the 21st century the effects of greenhouse gases would have had significant consequences on the global climate, heralding many of the calamities that have hit our planet in recent decades. Noting that the climate had already changed abruptly in the past, probably causing the ruin of entire civilizations, ventured the prediction that Southern California and Texas would one day turn into real deserts. In 1963 a crucial conference was held on “The Implications of Increasing Carbon Dioxide Content in the Atmosphere” which saw for the first time the joint participation of climate experts, carbon dioxide together with fish and wildlife researchers . agriculture. The result was a unanimously signed report that warned of “the (most likely negative) changes Earth would face” if the use of fossil fuels continued.Given the impossibility for the epoch to endorse these theories with accurate data, they were considered more relevant to the sphere of science fiction than scientific research. Finally in the 1980s and 1990s the evolution of technology allowed the recording of the exact amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and people began to believe in the correlation with the increase in temperatures. The Paris Conference on Climate Change in 2015 moved this emergency to the forefront on the international political agenda. On August 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg, 16, organized a protest action outside the Swedish parliament building. That Friday morning, he decided to demonstrate with a sign that read “Skolstrejk för klimatet” (climate school strike). The isolated action of this girl gave birth to the international protest movement Fridays for Future which, in recent months, has seen the participation of thousands of people, some very young, all over the world. On March 15, 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world responded to his call to demonstrate.
Reportage photographers, benefiting from the inherent ability to document real facts, have often found themselves in step with the environmentalist vanguard of the scientific community rather than with the rest of the media. In fact, already in the 1990s, some dwelt on the problem of deforestation or, as highlighted in one of the oldest photographs in the exhibition, wondered about the effects of the massive use of herbicides.
ECC proposes a diversified vision of climate change, the authors adhere to the project from every continent and have different visions as different are the cultures in which they were formed. ECC presents the work of militant photographers who share a wide variety of stories, contextualizing not only the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on our planet, but the possible solutions to mitigate the consequences.
The pace of climate change, when compared to the frenetic cycle of news, appeared slow. The goal of ECC and its constant feed on Instagram is to show how no one is immune to its effects. The main purpose, in fact, is to reach a much wider audience than that of the experts or photography enthusiasts and to bring out a concrete interest in this topic even outside the academic environment, EverydayClimateChange wants to communicate the emergency of climate change to those who will suffer mostly of its consequences: in other words, to all of us.
Marta Cannoni and Livia Corbò
With the technical support of Fuji film