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Getting ready for a sea change



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Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City (Los Angeles).

I wish every human being could see this exhibit. This is not just for photographers. The videos and photographs are about human resilience and adaptation to rising sea levels in different parts of the world, poverty and disasters from Sandy to Katrina.

Most of the major cities in the US are coastal, occupied by millions of people, and will all be affected by water sooner or later. We shouldn’t take anything for granted but need to be looking for solutions now.

Many areas of the world are already underwater and people have come up with answers out of necessity. Others are looking to architects and designers to plan for the future.

Remember the movie Waterworld with Kevin Kostner? I was one of the few people who enjoyed it when it was released in 1995. It’s worth a look if you are interested in what the future holds for us.

Poverty is also one of the issues dealt with in this exhibit. The expression “sink or swim” applies to that as well. Remember the unfinished skyscraper in Caracas where Brody was held in the TV show Homeland? It’s fascinating to see how that building has been turned into a city unto itself by otherwise homeless people who have carved out spaces for themselves and their families.

Piles of garbage? In Egypt it means home and a living for people who have shaped their lives around it.

While some of the content is shocking, I came out of the exhibit with renewed hope for the human race.

What I learned is that it’s a matter of adapting to your immediate environment rather than futilely resisting. It’s really the difference between taking control of your life or being controlled and thereby feeling helpless, no matter what situation you may find yourself in.

(The photo at the top is obviously not part of the exhibit… I should be so lucky… but I needed a photo for the post!)

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

8 thoughts on “Getting ready for a sea change

  1. Fascinating and thank you for including the link. A powerful 40 second video!


  2. Any exhibit that gives you hope for mankind is a wonderful thing. It sounds very thought-provoking. 🙂


  3. Yes, Ros, exhibits that make us think and plan and adapt and take control and become proactive are a very good thing. Lucky you for taking the time and diving right in.


    • Thanks, Mark. Diving right in is me! Sink or swim has always been my motto… I’ve come very close to sinking many times but so far my head is still above water!


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