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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

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