Instagram Weekly Picks: Five Photographers to Follow via EverydayClimateChange

Guest Post: @bobramsak for @everydayclimatechange We all remember our first time. Mine came late on a chilly sun-drenched morning midway through a bouncy ride on a boat filled with tourists on the Last Hope Sound. We were journeying through a picturesque setting that included cliffs of nesting condors and a massive rock that’s home to a cormorant breeding colony, framed all the while by dramatic peaks in the distance that grew taller the further on we traveled. We were moving at a decent clip, bouncing over the wind-swept waves when Balmaceda came into view, the mountain that's home to its eponymous glacier. Ice clung to the rock behind a curtain of fog that lingered over the higher portion of the mountain; just below, the bright whitish aqua of the glacier abruptly turned to a brown stone that cried into the sound. I was momentarily saddened that my first contact with a glacier saw cascading mountain runoff as a metaphor for tears. Just fifteen years ago, our guide said, the base of the glacier was at sea level. It’s said that the navigator Juan Ladrillero gave the sound its name back in 1557, thinking it was his last chance to reach the Strait of Magellan. Instead he reached a dead end at a glacier. For the rapidly retreating Balmaceda, all hope is gone. I felt glad that I made the opportunity to add it to my ‘So Very Glad I Saw it Before it Disappears’ file. Balmaceda Glacier, Last Hope Sound, Patagonia, Chile #glacier #globalwarming #patagonia #chile #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal Check out our friends @everydayafrica@everydaylatinamerica @everydayusa@everydaymiddleeast @everydayiran@everydayeverywhere @azdarya We're beginning to re-post photos with hashtag #everydayclimatechange

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If you’re on Instagram and not following Everydayclimatechange, you really should be. And not only because they reposted one of my photos yesterday.

My intention today, with this post here, was to inaugurate a new series in which I introduce and give a shout out to five photographers each week that I’ve come across on Instagram whose work inspires and deserves a wider audience. Since I can’t pass up the opportunity to reshare this shot again –selfish, I know—I decided to slightly alter this intro by focusing on five photographers whose work I discovered through EverydayClimateChange.

The core group comes from all corners of the planet, united in their passion to document the alarming impact of man-made climate change through the images and stories that they share. Officially launched on New Year’s Day, EverydayClimateChange has already attracted, as of this morning, more than 12.7 12.8 13.1 thousand followers. You can join them here.

There’s also an associated Facebook page and they’ve just launched a blog on The Huffington Post. The first post is here.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy browsing their work. First up..

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Caroline Bennett / @carobennett / / Twitter / Facebook

I can’t remember if I first came across Caroline Bennett’s work through EverydayClimateChange or EverydayEcuador. In any case, I’m glad it was shared. Her work is remarkable, conveying the strong connection between the people she photographs and the environment in which they live. Preserving and portraying dignity is important to Bennett; she walks that line exceptionally well. She’s currently based between San Francisco and the Amazon region.

This shot was taken in Sarayaku, Ecuador.

Latest for @everydayclimatechange "Our indigenous communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change,” Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador and countless others have told me time and again. "Our elder wisdom-keepers have been warning us for many years, they knew about this but weren’t listened to. They said there would be problems if we continued preying on Mother Nature, causing impacts so great they won’t only affect nature but also humankind. We are out of time, now is the moment for us to be responsible and bet on life as our existence on this planet depends on it.” There are solutions! The earth’s climate is changing in ways that have profound global impacts on its lands, waters and peoples as we enter unchartered territory. Our success in building resiliency as a species depends on how well we understand, predict and adapt to a fundamentally different planet than the one we have inhabited throughout the Holocene. The scientific and academic communities have made significant advances in understanding the behavior and dynamics of Earth’s systems, but a very important voice has largely been missing from the conversation about climate change. What role should ancient wisdom play in confronting our biggest modern challenges? What could western science learn from indigenous knowledge and practices? #climatechange #indigenousvoices #solutions #climate #amazon #wisdom #explore @amazonwatch #everydaylatinamerica #TPS1Million @thephotosociety

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Sean Gallagher / @sean_gallagher_photo / / Facebook / Twitter

Sean Gallagher is a British photographer and filmmaker documenting critical environmental issues in Asia as a regular National Geographic Creative & Pulitzer Center contributor. Gallagher has a strong focus on the individual in his work, which adds a critical layer to the poignancy of his images.

Below, a schoolgirl waits for a boat at a small dock in a slum community in central Jakarta. Many of the city’s poorest residents live just inches above the waterline throughout the city.

Photograph for @everydayclimatechange Jakarta – The Sinking City #8 A schoolgirl waits for a boat at a small dock in a slum community in central Jakarta. Many of the city’s poorest residents live just inches above the waterline throughout the city. When floods inundate the city, they are the first to feel the impact and severity of the advancing waters. 40% of the city lies below sea-level and this coastal capital is being subjected to regular floods, intensified by the creeping waters which slowly engulf parts of the city as sea-levels rise. Combined with storm water runoff from deforested mountains near the city, this urban area is one of the world's most severely affected by climate change. Please view images 1-7 to see more glimpses of Jakarta's current struggles. #asia #indonesia #jakarta #environment #climatechange #globalwarming #everydayclimatechange

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Matilde Gattoni / @matildegattoni /

Matilde Gattoni, an award-winning photographer from Italy, spent seven years based between the United Arab Emerites and Lebanon. She began her career covering the second intifada in Palestine in late 2000, and later worked in architecture and fashion. Her work I’m most drawn to illustrates her strong interest in community water issues that stem from conflict and war, ecological disaster, drought and desertification.

This was taken in Sana’a, Yemen.

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Rodrigo Baleia / @rodrigobaleia / / Facebook

Baleia is a freelance photojournalist based in Porto Alegre, Brazil focusing on environmental and indigenous issues –and how they interconnect– whose clients include National Geographic Brazil, the FolhaPress agency and Reuters TV.

In this shot from April 2012, homes in poorer areas of Manaus, Brazil are flooded with garbage and raw sewage due to high water on the Rio Negro.

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J.B. Russell / @jbrussell / / Facebook

Russell, a native Californian based in Paris, focuses on the consequences of conflict and issues related to human security. He travels frequently to northern Africa and the Middle East.

Below, in the midst of a serious drought, villagers in Boitieck Ehel Aly, Mauritania, discuss a water management project.

Photo @jbrussell #panospictures for #everydayclimatechange Village elders discuss a potential water management project in the village of #BoitieckEhelAly in #Mauritania. Just a few decades ago, the majority of Mauritanian society were nomadic herdsmen. While many Mauritanians remain mobile, communities have become increasingly sedentary, relying on agriculture for survival. Prolonged and severe #drought caused by #ClimateChange has caused wide spread food insecurity. Failed rainy seasons and hunger have forced many working aged men in rural areas to migrate to the cities and abroad in search of work, leaving only women, children and the elderly to work the land, cultivate food and tend to livestock in the villages. #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #climate #Africa

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Next week?

Since I’ll be based in South America for most of the five months, next Wednesday’s focus will shift to photographers based in or working in this region.

And yes, by all means, you’re welcome to follow me on Instagram as well.




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