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 in Earth's climate, biodiversity, soils, atmosphere, waters and forests. We're the first generations to feel the impact of these, 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 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. The views expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Nelson City Council.

About Ann Wheatley, Peter Kemp & 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.

Peter Kemp is a former secondary school teacher who trained in videography and film-making in later life and makes web-based videos for community groups. He offsets time spent at the editing desk by sailing across Tasman Bay in a small wooden boat.

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, Peter and Emma Jane invited images from photographers of all ages and levels of ability.

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