By Jones Bamidele
Mr Jones Bamidele, Chief Photojournalist at News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has led a team of six photographers to participate in the Green Action Photo Exhibition in commemoration of 2020 World Environment Day.
The virtual group photo exhibition, curated by Art for Humanity in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria, opened to the public on Friday by noon.
Mr Osaze Efe, the Executive Director of Art for Humanity, said the exhibition would run from June 5 through June 12, 2020, and urged the public to log on to “greenactionexhihibition.com” to view the work of the artists.
Efe further said: “The work of the six photographers are reminding us of a hurting planet and why a greener earth is critical to the future of mankind.
“Let’s push their messages further and make our environment worth living in because environmental pollution is a menace to the future of mankind.
“In the new world, meet artists and advocates who are using their visual voice to amplify the call for a greener earth,” he said.
Other exhibitors along with Bamidele are Mark Silas, Abdulrasaq Adebayo, Jerry Chidi, Oke Oluwasegun and Muhammad Mubarak.
Jones exhibited a total of five photographs that speak to pipeline explosion and its impact on the environment; rain and accompanying flood which carries and empties the plastic waste it carries on the road; fire disasters in the cities that cause serious air pollution; and oil spillage in rivers which impede farming and fishing in local riverine communities.
Mark Silas is a photographer, educator and a data analyst whose four pictures captured in Kaduna State are a narrative of how unhealthy environments wield devastating impact on global health and human safety. His photographs therefore call for a friendly environmental behaviour.
Abdulrasaq Adebayo’s two pictures shot in Lagos speak on a single-use plastics such as plastic bottles which find their way into our drains, rivers and oceans, thereby endangering people and life underwater, leading to acute flooding and also cause threat to human existence.
Jerry Chidi’s four-piece contribution is an environmental awakening drawn from his long term projects spanning over a period of nine years.
He says “Photography may not change the world but it can be employed in creating awareness on sustainable issues involving humans and the environment; such awareness then change the world”.
Oke Oluwasegun is a documentary photographer based in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. His Green Action series of eight pictures is based on review of human activities and its effect on the climate change which calls for an urgent action.
Muhammad Mubarak, who is also a full-time documentary photographer who depicts through his work, that a clean environment ensures the continual existence and survival of all life on Earth.
He did his work in Makoko community which is one of Africa’s most unique inner-city slums, with a third of the community built on stilts in a lagoon off the Lagos mainland.
He said: “The main objective of my visit to this slum is to raise awareness to both government and private organisations for emergency support for a cleaner and healthy environment.” (NAN)