Sustainability photography needs a “humanly” shift

Dec 03, 2018, 11:11 AM EST
(Source: Takver/flickr)
(Source: Takver/flickr)

The poignant sight of a three-year-old Syrian boy’s body washing ashore face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum three years back brought the world to tears, drawing immediate attention to the plight of refugees. Such is the power of photography; it shakes up the emotions passive to even the most unsettling facts and figures.

Sustainability photography, unfortunately, lacks such iconic images, for it has remained focused largely on nature instead of telling a human story, notes Tree Hugger.

Adam Corner, a psychologist, adds that sustainability photography should portray common situations that, with little tweaks, look disturbingly alien, evoking empathy and a sense of urgency in humans.

David King, the jury chair of the Prix Pictet, one of the most prestigious awards honoring sustainability photography since 2008, underscores the importance of catalyzing the climate debate with compelling pictures that belie the skepticism over the very existence of climate change, CNN.