Creating change [11-12]
Gautier Deblonde – from the Svalbard series, photography, 2003-2005
This French photographer is producing a large series of works of the Svalbard Islands, a part of the world in rapid transition due to climatic change, as part of the Cape Farewell project. It includes portraits of people who live and work there – scientists, hunters, Russian coal miners, explorers and those who winter on the eastern archipelago.
"It [should] serve as a reminder to people that our climate is changing and that without a doubt it will affect them personally and profoundly, wherever they live. The portrait series illustrates how people will have to adapt as and when the climate changes more dramatically in the next few decades, as research by the very scientists pictured indicates it will," says Deblonde.
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist and the Cape Farewell project.