Drowning world

A unique series of portraits of flood victims taken within the context of their environmental devastation. Covering the major recent floods in the UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia and Thailand.

  • Chinta and Samundri Davi Salempur Village, Bihar India August 2007
  • Christa and Salomon Raymond Fils Decade Village Haiti September 2008
  • Graham and Kieran Leith Toll Bar Village near Doncaster UK June 2007
  • Anchalee Koyamaholds Taweewattana district Bangkok Thailand November 2011
  • Amber and Russell Keys Goodna, Queensland Australia
  • Asif Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh Pakistan. September 2010
  • Adlene Pierre Savanne Desole, Gonaives Haiti September 2008 (Water Damaged Film)
  • Margaret Clegg Toll Bar Village near Doncaster UK June 2007
  • Bindeshwar Sahni Pir-muhammadpur village, Bihar India August 2007
  • Suparat Taddee Chumchon Ruamjai District Bangkok Thailand November 2011
  • Haji Sharif Kando Khan Bozdar village, Sindh Pakistan September 2010
  • Sakorn Ponsiri Chumchon Ruamjai Community Bangkok Thailand November 2011
  • Gonaives Haiti September 2008
  • Brisbane, Queensland Australia January 2011
  • Suparat Taddee Chumchon Ruamjai District Bangkok Thailand November 2011
  • Ahmed Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh Pakistan September 2010
  • Ledix Finep and Jeanvier Cassimer Gonaives Haiti September 2008
  • Hakam Zadi Manghal Khan Brohi village, Sindh Pakistan. September 2010

DROWNING WORLD is my new exhibition showing at the East Wing Galleries at Somerset House from May 10th to June 5th 2012.

It presents my ongoing global project about flooding. Since 2007 I have visited six countries (The UK, India, Haiti, Pakistan, Australia and Thailand) that have been devastated by massive flooding. I have done this as 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.

On my more recent trips I also recorded video footage to make these two video pieces to accompany the still images.



Somerset House presents this exhibition as a contribution to the World Stages London 2012 Festival and as a prelude to their collaborative cross continental theatre piece, Climate Refugees, The Opera that will be performed in 2013.

I will be doing two talks on Friday 18 May as part of the Museums at Night event

Thanks to video editor Mo Stoebe, ActionAid, UCLA Art and Global Health Center and The Guardian Weekend Magazine.