Body of Water

“Climate change is not just about melting glaciers, rising sea levels and super storms. Climate change affects every aspect of human existence on the planet, our most basic human needs and rights such as potable water, sanitation and our ability to feed ourselves in developing and developed countries alike,” – JB Russell, EverydayClimateChange photographer.


According to the United Nations, 85% of humanity lives in the driest half of the planet, with almost 800 million people lacking access to clean water. Demand for this resource has created tension between communities and even between nations, igniting a struggle for water as a fundamental human right.


Body of Water features work from the EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed, created and currently curated by photographer James Whitlow Delano.


The exhibit showcases the negative impact of climate change on human lives through a visual presentation of Instagram photos taken by diverse photographers around the world. In addition to Delano’s work, the Instagram feed includes submissions by photographers located on six continents that are all witnesses to the effects of environmental degradation, including Ed Kashi, JB Russell, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, and Caroline Bennett.


The aim of this exhibition is to bring attention to the repercussions that environmental degradation can have on communities around the world. We hope to foster discussions about climate change within our global community, what policy makers are currently doing (or not doing) to address the issue, what efforts are being made in Chicago, and how art can be an integral piece starting these conversations.


“I knew I had to do something, but documenting climate change is only half of the equation. Photographs need eyes to communicate their power and that is why I reached out to my photographer friends for help in getting the issue of climate change out into the world, before as many eyes as possible,” said Delano.


About EverydayClimateChange

Water on demand, in the developed world, is often considered a birthright. So climate change, and its effect on the water supply, is alarmingly easy to ignore. The goal of the EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed is to show that no one anywhere is immune to effects of climate change.


EverydayClimateChange photographers live on 6 continents and share photographs made of 7 continents to present visual evidence that climate change doesn’t just happen “over there” but that climate change is also happening “right here.” Photography is most powerful when it can communicate deeper meaning by freezing transience. No other medium can better reveal deeper truths, than a camera can in the hands of someone who understands its unique potential.


EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed is not a western view on climate change. Photographers come from the north, the south; the east and the west; and are as diverse as the cultures in which we were all raised. EverydayClimateChange presents the work of committed, enlightens photographers who share back stories, contextualizing not only the effects of climate change but also potential solutions to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases on our world. The photographs peel back the visual layers and look more closely at the visual evidence.





Body of Water – Closing Celebration and Exhibition

January 30, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago


625 at 625 – #WaterChicago Reception

January 30, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago


625 at 625 – @EverydayClimateChange

January 13, 2016 |625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago

Special thanks to our speaker Hannah Armstrong.


#WaterChicago Instagram Campaign

December 10, 2015 – January 30, 2016 | 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago


December 10, 2015 – January 30, 2016
AWP Studio Gallery
625 N. Kingsbury Street



James Whitlow Delano is a documentary storyteller based in Japan. His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and led to four award-winning monograph photo books, including “Empire: Impressions from China” and “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011.” Projects have been cited with the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best of Journalism, PDN and others. In 2015 he founded the EverydayClimateChange (ECC) Instagram feed, where photographers from six continents document global climate change on seven continents. ECC documents how climate change is not just happening “over there;” it is happening right here, right now. Delano is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.