OPEN Eco: Francesco Russo, Santa Cruz del Islote, 2022
Santa Cruz del Islote is the most densely populated island on earth, hosting about 800 people in the space of two football pitches. The rise of the sea level is a constant challenge for its inhabitants who have to take measures on a regular basis to defend their land from the effects of climate change.
Francesco Russo a photographer specialising in architecture, interior design and the built environment. My commissioned and personal photographic work is dedicated to documenting the urban environment and the constructed landscape in all its forms.
Santa Cruz del Islote is the most densely populated island on earth, located within the San Bernardo Archipelago, twelve miles off the Atlantic coast of Colombia. On this island of the size of two football pitches live about 800 people. It’s one of many places around the world endangered by the rise of the sea level. The locals have to take regular measures to protect themselves from high tides and have started a campaign to protect their island and raise awareness among the local communities on the importance of their natural environment.
Franscesco Russo is a photographer with a background in architecture. He is based in London and Venice and working worldwide, specialising in architecture, interior design and the built environment. He strives to produce simple but bold and striking images for architects and designers. He is a co-founder of Mass, a collective of photographers documenting the built environment.
Photo Fringe invited artists to propose a single image to engage audiences and help us imagine a greener, fairer world. Artists were asked to respond to the question “How can photography make a difference to the climate crisis?"
The resulting outdoor exhibition of selected images by twenty artists can be found on Worthing seafront until the end of April 2023.
Sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Fund and Worthing Borough Council.