A Swedish photographer has been using his photography to call for peace on Earth in an adorable way. His carefully staged scenes show anti-war squirrels communicating their message in a variety of ways.
A New Purpose for Squirrel Photos
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022, however, Weggen was moved by the suffering he saw as a result of the conflict and he decided to use his photographic talents to spread a message of peace.
The 53-year-old photographer began setting up scenes for his main subjects: squirrels that regularly visit his garden in Bispgården, Ragunda, Jämtland, Sweden. By placing tiny props such as signs and letterboards on a small stage, Weggen was able to capture little scenes that are humorous, heartwarming, and meaningful.
“In both countries, Ukraine and Russia, I have friends and from both sides who are suffering due to the war,” Weggen says. “I wanted to do something in giving a message for peace, so I offered a free photo to download for people who donate to Ukraine help organizations.”
“Besides that, I [uploaded] a photo [every day] on social media to bring something positive; normally I only upload one photo each week.”
The photographer hopes his work can drum up both support for peace as well as donations to charity to bring relief to the war-torn nation of Ukraine.
“The war has impacted me a lot while I am sitting safely in my home, comfortable with warmth and food,” he says. “It feels good to be able to [do] a little and maybe even bring a smile for people who are suffering.”
Image credits: Photographs by Geert Weggen / SWNS