Agriculture Documentary

I have already enrolled for next year (Year 2) and am working on project concepts, with my attention on agriculture. 

Agriculture is a major industry in New Zealand contributing over $10 billion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and with so much happening with Climate Change and introduced legislation impacting on farming, inflation hitting operating costs, changing weather patterns, the impact of Covid on imports and exports, labour shortages, and, and… I think I could photograph a thousand lifetimes and still not see the whole picture. 

I will be starting my research and planning soon for summer 2022 through October 2023, and I am really keen to hear from farmers and agri-industry who might be interested in allowing me access to capture photographs for my agricultural documentary project. My email is james@jcpnz.com or call me on 027 333 2939 


Climate Change

Last night I received an email from the representative of an organisation asking if I would consider focusing my photography on how climate change is impacting the development and welfare of children. They went on to say about recent weather events we have had around New Zealand, and the world. My thoughts instantly went to those affected by the storms and flooding in the Phillipines. The destruction and loss of lives, it is heartbreaking. 

After reading their email I thought I should do some Google research, and there is a lot of information out there. Unicef say “approximately 1 billion children are at an ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis, and that in many parts of the world, people are facing multiple climate-related impacts such as severe drought and flooding, air pollution and water scarcity, leaving their children vulnerable to malnutrition and disease. Almost every child on earth is exposed to at least one of these climate and environmental hazards. 

Without urgent action, this number will go up.These children experience multiple climate shocks combined with poor essential services such as water, sanitation and healthcare. As climate change disrupts the environment, children are being forced to grow up in an increasingly dangerous world. This is a crisis that threatens their health, nutrition, education, development, survival and future.” ** 

I remembered seeing a doco about the impacts of climate change on so many island in the Pacific, some we will totally lose due to sea levels rising. I am really keen to hear any of your feedback and thoughts. 

** https://www.unicef.org/stories/impacts-climate-change-put-almost-every-child-risk

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