From the Series Typhoon Haiyan but Laif Photographer, Jens Grossmann.
Our research found that images from climate impacts, especially in a scene of absolute destruction as seen in this series, are likely to provoke strong negative emotions and a feeling in the viewer that they should ‘do something’ in response. The inclusion of imagery in this series of people ‘getting on’ with their lives has the potential to reduce the possible feeling of despair in the viewer and may help turn that strong emotional response into something to act upon.
Additionally, the German photographer Jens Grossmann has worked hard to include humans in the frame, something that was deemed very important in our research (but is often missing from mainstream climate imagery). Please remember, just as for images of distressed individuals in images depicting poverty, it is important to be sensitive to the way in which images like this are used. The photographer has indicated that these images cannot be used by aid organizations.
WHAT IT SHOWS: Kids play basketball amid the ruin caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.