LIVING WITH FLOODWATERS

Photojournalist Gideon Mendel teams up with studio Cut and Cue to educate us about the hazardous negligence of global warming. LIVING WITH FLOODWATERS is an excerpt depicting the aftermath of the 2011 floods in Thailand. Mendel’s video-work is one piece of an encompassing exhibition entitled A DROWNING WORLD, which feature images of a similar nature taken across six countries. More details about the project can be read as follows:

“DROWNING WORLD is my new exhibition showing at the East Wing Galleries at Somerset House from May 10th to June 5th 2012.

It presents my ongoing global project about flooding. Since 2007 I have visited six countries (The UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia and Thailand) that have been devastated by massive flooding. I have done this as an attempt to visually address the issue of climate change.

I chose to shoot on film, using old Rolleiflex cameras. The heart of the project is a series of portraits of flood victims at their homes within the landscape of their own personal calamity. Making these images often involved returning with them through waist high floodwaters so they could show their circumstances to the world.

My intention is to depict them as individuals, not as nameless statistics. Coming from disparate parts of the world, their faces show us their linked vulnerability despite the vast differences in their lives and circumstances.”

Watch the short segment down below, along with Mendel’s complimentary video, WHEN THE FLOODS CAME, featuring Pakistan and Australia.

LIVING WITH FLOODWATERS.

WHEN THE FLOODS CAME.

LIVING WITH FLOODWATERS, 2012
A DROWNING WORLD