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Portraits of Scared Scientists Seek to Drive Home the Critical State of Climate Change

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Photographer Nick Bowers, Art Director Celine Faledam and Copy Writer Rachel Guest have teamed up to bring attention to the issue of climate change in a completely novel and frankly terrifying way with their portrait/interview project Scared Scientists.

The title, in a way, says it all. Rather than bombarding you with obscure facts and figures or showing you photographs of receding glaciers, they focus on the scientists themselves.

Bowers takes moody, dark, black-and-white portraits of the scientists and those portraits are then put up on the Scares Scientists website alongside a short interview with each of these climate experts — an interview headlined by their credentials and their greatest climate change fear.

Tim Flannery; Fear: Disruption of Global Civilization

Tim Flannery; Fear: Disruption of Global Civilization

For Bowers — and, in fact, for some of the scientists interviewed and photographed — the project has always been about his children. More specifically, his daughter:

“I was inspired by my 3-year-old daughter and the future that she will inherit,” he told us over email. “I
constantly hear the word “wealth” and the importance of passing this on. I’m inspired to pass on a better, more sustainable future.”

As for the photographs, his goal was to show them as individuals separate from the scientific realm they so often speak for and represent. “I wanted to portray the humanity and vulnerability of the scientists,” he explains.

Judging by the photographs below, we’d say he achieved his goal:

Will Steffen; Fear: Loss of Control of the Climate System

Will Steffen; Fear: Loss of Control of the Climate System

Lesley Hughes; Fear: Species Extinction

Lesley Hughes; Fear: Species Extinction

Sarah Perkins; Fear: Increase in Extreme Weather Events

Sarah Perkins; Fear: Increase in Extreme Weather Events

Matthew England; Fear: Climate Induced Global Conflict

Matthew England; Fear: Climate Induced Global Conflict

Shauna Murray; Fear: Reaching the Four Degrees of Warming

Shauna Murray; Fear: Reaching the Four Degrees of Warming

Peter Macreadie; Fear: Global Catastrophe

Peter Macreadie; Fear: Global Catastrophe

Penelope Ajani; Fear: Unknown Repercussions of Climate Change

Penelope Ajani; Fear: Unknown Repercussions of Climate Change

To learn more about Scared Scientists, read each of the interviews, or find out how you can take action to help avoid the troubling future these individuals fear, head over to the project’s website by clicking here.

(via Lost at E Minor)


Image credits: Photographs by Nick Bowers and used with permission


 
  • Wayne Bruce

    Now why would a teabag Republican Governor admit that the seas were rising unless the evidence has gotten so overwhelming that he can’t deny it any more?

    Hmmm
    . Deep question. Don’t break your head thinking too hard about it.

    If you’ve been getting your information from the Krauthamers of the world, you’ve been played.
    You’ve
    Been
    Played.

  • Wayne Bruce

    I have fear of retards such as yourself.

  • Wayne Bruce

    Your a dumbass if you think climate change is a “politically correct” idea

  • ColonelCockman

    Well I have a PHD in Statistics. Does that mean anything? I don’t think so.

  • ColonelCockman

    Watts is reporting someone else’s study. You’re a fuckwit.