Stories can be told with pictures and photophilanthropy has been established to connect photographers with non profit organisations to tell stories that can lead to social change. I am reminded of the work of Susan Scott (2002) who said you can change the world one conversation at a time (1c@t)
Perhaps the challenge is also to change the world one image at a time (1p@t).
‘India’s future? Men, Machines, but no water’, a photograph by Indian science journalist Pallava Bagla.
Water is a vital but scarce resource. Yet many people throughout the world do not have access to clean drinking water.
The photograph above communicates the idea that all the development of science and technology may fail to deliver on basic needs of people. The image is “posed” like a still life yet it instantly communicates the issue.
In Coriolanus Shakespeare reminds us that there is “a world elsewhere”. The forty selected photographs reflect a people facing life in areas of conflict, the challenges of climate change, or something which is largely outside their control. Some are reminders of the fragility of human life and others show human resiliance and hope.
The pictures taken in Palestine seem to capture alienation really well…or is that just because of the current news from that part of the world colouring my sensibilities?