Gideon Mendel. Photographer. South African. London.

DROWNING WORLD is Gideon Mendel's new exhibition showing at London's Somerset House from May 10th to June 5th 2012. It presents his ongoing global project about flooding. Since 2007 he's visited six countries (The UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia and Thailand) that have been devastated by massive flooding-in 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."

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