Forty-seven photographers created Earth Emotions, an exhibition from our special place, Te Tau Ihu, the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Through these images we share personal experiences of the crises humans have unleashed in Earth's climate, biodiversity, soils, atmosphere, freshwater, oceans and forests, and in our own health. We're the first generations to feel the impact of these crises, and maybe the last who can do something about them. While that might feel overwhelming, it's our portal to a brighter future.

The Earth Emotions Exhibition has five galleries.

Here in the ~Response Gallery~ we explore attitudes and actions for meeting the planetary crises. Make sure to click on More Details to view the caption for each image.

In the ~Insight Gallery~ we share personal moments of clarity and understanding about the planetary crises.

In the ~Visions Gallery~ we imagine the future.

In the ~Difficult Emotions Gallery~ we expose our feelings of fear, shock, frustration, confusion, and helplessness.

In the ~Positive Emotions~ gallery we honour our connections with Papatūānuku, Mother Earth, and share our feelings of excitement, curiosity, awe, empathy, gratitude, joy, love and hope.

We aim to inspire change by contributing to new narratives about the planetary emergency.

Earth Emotions is brought to you by the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum with support from the Nelson City Council.

About Ann Wheatley & Emma Jane Hughes

Ann Wheatley is a researcher with a focus on evaluation of international programs funded by donors. Meditation and contemplative photography help her keep an even keel, and both have a central place in her life.

Emma Jane Hughes is a BAFTA-nominated film producer, award-winning photographer and high-end retouching artist. She's written and run degree programs for creative arts universities all over the world.

To make the Earth Emotions exhibition as inclusive as possible Ann and Emma Jane invited images from photographers of all ages and levels of ability.

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  • solastalgia
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