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Hi! My name is @felipe.fittipaldi. I’m one of the photographers featured in UNDP’s exhibition on inequality and climate change at @Photoville in #Brooklyn , #NYC from Sept 12 to Sept 22. Today I’m guest posting @undp.
This is what’s left of Atafona’s largest hotel in 2015. It used to be a three-story building with 48 rooms. Most of the hotel washed away in 2008 due to sea level rise and strong undertows.
In 2014, I heard about Atafona, a city that was being swallowed by the sea on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. I decided to see it for myself and found a scenario like a war zone. I visit Atafona every year now.
In Atafona I usually wake up before sunrise and roam the city ruins, where the noise of the wind and the waves creates a peculiar atmosphere. It is a dynamic place in every way–if you do the same thing the next day, you’ll find a new light, a new tide. These ruins carry lost memories and stories; every brick is full of meaning to the people who lived there.
When I took this photo I was searching for the interaction between the ruins and the city's daily life. The horses of fishermen and farmers often roam freely along the eroded beach and appear as traces of human presence in the chaotic environment. It is an exercise in patience and intuition to wait for the elements to combine and contribute to a strong image.
It's not just Atafona. Coastal cities across the world are already seeing coastlines disappear to erosion and sea level rise. A global temperature rise of 0.5C degrees versus 2C degrees could affect millions of coastal communities worldwide. 📷: @felipe.fittipaldi
Click on @undp’s bio and find the the link in this photo to see excerpts from part of @undp’s #Photoville exhibit about #ClimateChange and #Inequality . If you're in NYC, visit the exhibit at @photoville & be sure to tag @undp & @felipe.fittipaldi if you share on @Instagram.
#climateaction #moreequalworld #photovillenyc #photoville #photoville2019 #brooklynbridgepark #undp