jameswhitlowdelano @jameswhitlowdelano

jameswhitlowdelano

@jameswhitlowdelano

Reportage & street photog with a Leica. Founder of @everydayclimatechange. Shooting human rights & environmental projects. @pulitzercenter grantee

http://www.jameswhitlowdelano.com/

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photo_library Today is World Water Day.  This week I have been in Gressoney-Saint-Jean in the Italian Alps for @spacenomore & @highsight_photo. 
I presented @everydayclimatechange work to local school students and listened to their climate change stories. 
While there is lots of snow up high, the valley is snow-free where there was over 1 meter of snow last year.  The Lys Glacier in the photo, tumbles down the face of Monte Rosa, the 2nd highest mountain in the Alps.  It used to converge with two other glaciers and run down the valley.  The glaciers no longer meet, having receded up the mountain.

With less ice, there is less fresh, clean water. There are countries more dependent on glacier melt than Italy but still the Po Valley, Italy’s bread basket depends on the Alps’ melt water for agriculture & for its cities’ drinking water.

#climatechange #globalwarming #alps #ice #glaciers #millennials #meltingice #monterosa #italy

Today is World Water Day. This week I have been ...

Istituto Mosso, oldest meteorological/glaciology station in the Italian Alps.  From this outpost high on the glaciated slopes, valuable scientific data on climate change has been gathered for over 100 years, offering priceless information on the climate change hotspot on the south-facing walls of the Alps.

#alps #italy #climatechange #globalwarming #glaciers #ice #recedingglaciers #spacenomore #highsight

Istituto Mosso, oldest meteorological/glaciology station in the Italian Alps. From ...

Chapel up in Alpensu,  Gressoney Saint-Jean, Val D’Aosta, Italia 
#Spacenomore #Highsight #gressoneysaintjean #valdaosta #alpenzu #italy

Chapel up in Alpensu, Gressoney Saint-Jean, Val D’Aosta, Italia #Spacenomore ...

In Simone Laurent’s dairy barn,  Gressoney Saint Jean, Val D’Aosta, Italia

Gressoney is the stronghold of Germanic Walser culture. 
#walser #tradition #gressoney #aosta #spacenomore #highsight #italy

In Simone Laurent’s dairy barn, Gressoney Saint Jean, Val D’Aosta, ...

With dairy farmer Simone Laurent & his mother in Gressoney Saint Jean, Val D’Aosta, Italia. 
Gressoney is the stronghold of Germanic Walser culture.

#alps #tradition #spacenomore #highsight #italia #italy

With dairy farmer Simone Laurent & his mother in Gressoney ...

photo_library 1/3 Mt. Zao’s famous “juhyo” ("snow monsters”), created when rime ice, carried by wintertime Siberian winds, collects on the trees. Mt. Zao Sancho, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan #onassignment for @nytimes  In past decades, tons of voluminous ice would cause the trees to resemble Godzilla, bent over by the weight of the puffy ice, but this alpine forest is dying – dead branches seen poking out from the ice. 
Since 2016, a bark beetle infestation has been killing the trees.  At first, in 2013, a moth infestation weakened the trees, making them even more vulnerable to the bark beetles.  Similar bark beetle outbreaks in the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges have been ascribed to climate change because milder winters have meant that more bark beetle eggs survive the winter and they overwhelm the trees’ defenses. 
Adding to the woes, these mountains are now prone to warm spells in mid-winter. Two weeks before this photo was made, a warm storm, buffeted by strong winds, broke much of the rime ice off of the trees. Researchers are trying to come up with a rescue plan for this forest, beloved throughout Japan and and a big draw for foreign tourists.  FEBRUARY 15, 2019

2/3 Gondola glides over a dying “todomatsu” {Maries’ fir) forest coated with rime ice, into Zao Sancho ropeway station.  With living trees the rime ice creates a cocoon of ice in shapes resembling Godzilla, earning them the name “snow monsters”. Yamagata Prefecture, Japan 
3/3  Mt. Zao’s “todomatsu" (Maries’ fir) forest, famous for “juhyo” ("snow monsters”) is dying because of an infestation of bark beetles.  Yamagata Prefecture, Japan

#newyorktimes @nytimes #onassignment #Japan #zao #climatechange #globalwarming #snowmonsters #juhyo #jameswhitlowdelano

1/3 Mt. Zao’s famous “juhyo” ("snow monsters”), created when rime ...

Washi Papermaking Japan 
Kozo Kanzarashi (paper mulberry cold water wash). Workers from the Mino Washi-no-Sato wash kozo, paper mulberry, in the cold shallows of the Itadori River in Janaury, as a process of removing impurities so that the kozo can be made into pulp for washi paper.  Washi papermaking used to be wintertime work in rural Japan for farmers to earn money between autumn harvest and spring harvest.  Mino, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

#washi #japanesepapermaking #washipapermaking #japan #reportage #perini

Washi Papermaking Japan Kozo Kanzarashi (paper mulberry cold water wash). ...

Washi Papermaking Japan:

Magnificent floats, festooned with candle-lit washi paper lanterns, at Chichibu Yomatsuri.  The floats are actually portable kabuki stages on wooden wheels pulled through the streets of Chichibu, famous for its washi papermaking along with its immediate neighbor, Ogawamachi.  The washi paper lanterns make the hand-carved wood and guilded floats radiate their bright colors.  Chichibu, Saitama, Japan

#washi #washipapermaking #japanesepapermaking #japan #reportage #perini

Washi Papermaking Japan: Magnificent floats, festooned with candle-lit washi paper ...

Washi Papermaking Japan:

Women at Washi no Sato, stripping the bark ("kawa hagi") from "kozo" (paper mulberry) branches after the branches were steamed.  The pulp on the inside membrane of the bark is the main material for washi papermaking.  Higashi-Chichibu, Saitama, Japan

#washi #washipapermaking #japanesepapermaking #papermaking #japan #reportage #perini

Washi Papermaking Japan: Women at Washi no Sato, stripping the ...

photo_library Tomorrow marks 8 years since the black  tsunami stuck the Tohoku coast of Japan.  I feel that familiar sadness creeping in.  I witnessed the dignified strength of the people of Tohoku when the inconceivable happened.  The memory is branded into my psyche & I am forever grateful that they allowed me to be among them during their darkest hours.

#tsunami #japan #blacktsunami #tohoku #fotevidence #strength #gambattenippon

Tomorrow marks 8 years since the black tsunami stuck the ...

photo_library For International Women’s Day, I want to share the stories of remarkable women I met in the slums of Manila, holding their families together after losing loved ones to extrajudicial murder.

1/2: Lenie talks about Jocelyn's documents and her incarceration over dinner with Jocelyn's ever-present daughter, Princess in front of her and Rubylyn, her own daughter, with spoon in hand) at their makeshift house on the Smoky Mountain former dumpsite.  Tondo, Manila, Philippines

2/2: Jocelyn Banting, a teenage widow, is 14 years old, when this photo was made in 2017.  She lived and worked in a bar next to the Market 3 slum in the Navotas Fish Port complex as a bar girl and sex worker.  Her partner, and father of her child, Alan Uba AKA, Boy Muslim, was gunned down in President Duterte's "War on Drugs"  Jocelyn's mother, Lenie Banting, 51, takes care of baby in her small hut on the former Smoky Mountain dump which has become a perverse island of green in a sea of slums.  Tondo, Manila, Philippines.

After this photo was made she was incarcerated on drug charges in an adult jail.  Jocelyn lied about her age, believing that she would be in less trouble if an adult versus a child.

#internationalwomensday2019 #womensrights #genderinequality #extrajudicialkillings #philippines #duterte #reportage

For International Women’s Day, I want to share the stories ...

photo_library For International Women’s Day, I want to share the stories of remarkable women I met in the slums of Manila, holding their families together after losing loved ones to extrajudicial murder.

1/2 Remy Fernandez, 84 years old when this photo was@made in 2017, holds her grandchildren that she is raising, there are seven in all, because her son, Constantino de Juan, a Methampetamine user, was killed by masked men and the mother is in prison due to a drug arrest.  Baby RJ was born in prison.  Constantino, upon seeing the masked assassins, instructed CJ, five years old and wearing the red tank top, to take care of his siblings because he knew he was about to be assassinated.  Payatas, Metro Manila, Philippines

2/2: Now 85 years old, Remy Fernandez's hands.  Remy continues to raise 7 grandchildren after her son was killed in an extrajudicial killing.  Her daughter-in-law, Lourdes, has just been released from prison, after serving her drug sentence.  Lourdes disappeared for three days as Remy searched friends’ homes, the police station and was about to go to the morgue when a grandniece implied that she knew her whereabouts.  Drunk, Lourdes left the house unannounced with three of her seven children without her mobile phone or telling anyone in the family where she was going.  Remy fears her daughter-in-law may fall back into addiction, becoming a target for an EJK - common once someone is a known drug user or pusher. Remy also worries, at her advanced age, who will keep the family together if she dies before at least some of the children reach their majority.  Payatas, Metro Manila, Philippines

#internationalwomensday2019 #womensrights #genderinequality #extrajudicialkilling #philippines #duterte #reportage

For International Women’s Day, I want to share the stories ...

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