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Cyclone Aila hits Bangladesh || Photographer: GMB Akash

Cyclone Aila hits Bangladesh || Photographer: GMB Akash | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"At least 275 people have been killed and millions have been displaced by cyclone Aila, which hit parts of coastal Bangladesh and eastern India on May 25th. Shyamnagar Upazila, an area of Bangladesh's Satkhira district that has seen some of the worst damage.

 

The cyclone triggered tidal surges and severe flooding. Several thousand homes in the area were washed away while agricultural land was swamped. More than 500 shrimp farms were flooded by five to seven feet high tidal surges in the affected area. Aid agencies are warning that a lack of food and clean drinking water could lead to many more deaths."

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Flood victims | Photos : Gideon Mendel

Flood victims | Photos : Gideon Mendel | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

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.

On my more recent trips I also recorded video footage to make these two video pieces to accompany the still images.

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