My resent interview on radio New Zealand about “Warm Waters”
A photographer who’s spent the past few years travelling the Pacific in an attempt to document the effects of climate change, says the rest of the world seems to know little about the region’s plight.
Vlad Sokhin has travelled to at least 10 of the region’s countries and territories for his project, “Warm Waters”, documenting sea level rise, changing weather patterns, and food and water shortages.
Mr Sokhin said he hopes his work will expose what’s going on in some of the most isolated parts of the world in the international arena.
“It’s kind of the biggest region in the world, and if you open Google Maps and just put the Pacific it’s like almost half of the planet, right? It’s the largest ocean,” he explained.
“And there’s so many people living in it and there’s not much coverage. You know, only a few times I only met a couple of photographers while working in all these countries.”
Warm Waters featured on CNN Connect the World segment “Parting Shots”.
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Happy to announce that “Warm Waters” was selected as an Environment category winner of the Portuguese Photojournalism Award ‘Estação Imagem’ 2016
Happy to see my Instagram account @Lens_Pacific featured on Instagram blog
The wake of any natural disaster is calm, Vlad Sokhin (@lens_pacific) says, but photographing from the center of one feels unpredictable. Originally drawn to the Pacific to document the prevalence of violence against women in Papua New Guinea, the Portuguese photographer now focuses almost exclusively on environmental issues in Oceania. “I see how people move further inland, because the sea claims more and more territories from their tiny and very fragile atolls,” Vlad says. “I see how global warming causes rising temperatures and how this disrupts the fishery industry and affects the communities that heavily rely on it.” One of Vlad’s goals is to photograph king tides, the highest tide of the year, in Kiribati: “I just keep coming back to these countries, trying to document all the aspects of climate change and its effects on the people who live there and always have my fingers crossed,” he explains.
To see more of Vlad’s documentary photography, follow @lens_pacific on Instagram
Happy to see media giving attention to my project on climate change in the Pacific. Today “Warm Waters” was featured on Feature Shoot photography blog. Also if you feel like supporting organisations like UNICEF, ChildFund, Oxfam, Live&Learn, Greenpeace and others, that help affected Pacific communities, check their work clicking on the links in the end of the article.