German photojournalist Florian Wagner has taken on a mission to raise awareness about the protection of water points in African cities. To do this, he will use a weapon, photography.
Large African cities have established themselves around water points, or are crossed by rivers. This is the case of Bamako, the Malian capital crossed by the Niger River or the Cubongo River which floods the Okawango Delta in Botswana. Photojournalist Florien Wagner wants to film them to better document them. It is in this perspective that he launched the African Waters 360° project.
On Friday, May 18, 2018, he will travel to 10 countries on the continent with a helicopter, travelling more than 18,000 km. With his camera, he will take 360° panoramic images of water points in cities in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique.
The objective of such an expedition is to show “the beauty of Africa to raise awareness of responsible water management” of lakes, or river systems around these urban areas. According to the photojournalist, this resource abounds in many endangered animal and plant species.
Sponsorship by Other World Company (OWC)
The photojournalist and his fellow environmentalists will begin the journey at the Two Ocean Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, OWC, the computer technology company, announced its intention to support African Waters 360°. “We are very pleased to support Florian Wagner in this important project. Not only are his works important from an artistic point of view, but it is also about discovering ways to improve the local and global environment. We are pleased to continue this action through this project.”
Other partners have also joined the project. This is the case with Leica Camera, of which Florian Wagner is an ambassador, Garmin (an American company specialising in GPS navigation systems, editor’s note), Yeti and Leatherman, an American commercial company. Floran Wagner’s photos will then be exhibited at the Two Ocean Aquarium.
Jean Marie Takouleu