James Whitlow Delano is not only a photographer because he is able to give a deeper message in his picture. He is like a storyteller in every shot. He is a photographer from the United States who now lives in Japan.


His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and produced four monograph photo books that have won awards, including, “Empire: Impressions from China” and “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011”. His projects have received International Picture of the Year, Alfred Eisenstadt Award from Columbia University and Life Magazine, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Leica’s Oskar Barnack, PDN and others for jobs as photographers in China, Japan, Afghanistan and Burma (Myanmar).


James Whitlow Delano Founder of Everydayclimatechange

In 2015, he founded the EverydayClimateChange (ECC) Instagram feed, where photographers from 6 continents document global climate change that occurs on 7 continents. The ECC documents how climate change does not occur “there” but also happens here and now. ECC is not a western view of climate change because photographers come from the north, south, east and west and as diverse as the culture in which we all grew up. In addition, Delano is a recipient of a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

He has documented the environment, mostly in the East Asia region, and saw massive deforestation in the Southeast Asian rainforest, and the effects of industrialization that quickly used coal as the main energy source in China. The effect on people, land, land rights and climate is very shocking to him. He admitted that he had been interested in the environment throughout his life, but after moving to Asia from America, and seeing unprecedented environmental damage and he knew he had to do something about it.


He then created an Instagram account to post work on climate change, and at the same time, he exhibited environmental work at the PhotoReporter Festival in Saint Brieuc, France where he met Peter Di Campo, founder of the EverydayAfrica Instagram account. Delano was very impressed with the project, so a few weeks later, after the encouragement of Di Campo he created an Instagram account EverydayClimateChange which was launched on January 1, 2015.


James Whitlow Delano: Climate change is everywhere

The feed has a photographer who documents climate change on seven continents and around 40 contributing photographers. He photographed climate change wherever he traveled. “I planned, and most of the projects funded myself but I would also study climate change issues in the places I visited for other assignments by expanding the journey to do it.” Delano gave further explanation.


Delano wants to show that climate change is not limited to one region but occurs here and now and everywhere. That is a global phenomenon. He believes it’s easy to ignore climate change events in one region, but it’s more difficult to refute when you see visual evidence of climate change around the world in a variety of climates, landscapes, and latitude. In the opinion of James Whitlow Delano is one thing to read about climate change and other things to see it happening throughout the world.


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