Elwey Vall | In Light of Change

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Country of origin: Mauritania
Project location: Mauritania
Program: Arab Documentary Photography Program
Year: 2018

This is a story about the future. Today is us, tomorrow is you.

Every second, we get closer and closer to the future we have set, and the future we have chosen. Unstable governments, population explosion, wars on every continent, famine, water shortages, environmental pollution, cities sinking, rivers running dry, cultures disappearing - are we on the brink of the end?

Driven by my passion for photography, I want to change humanity's view of the future and the impact of climate change. I lived this first-hand when ocean waters flooded the house where I was born and raised in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.

Places that were part of our daily lives and part of our collective memory are disappearing, and I am photographing the present in the face of an ominous future. But what if these moments are the future, based on the words of scientists and the experiences of cities and human souls? What if my camera were projecting these destined moments?

I imagine these photographs as signals to a monitoring device that broadcasts to the future - and this device seeks to convince the world to change.