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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

27.05.2022

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Where does the oil that drives our world and our economy come from? The photographer Robin Hinsch looks for the answer.

“The picture was taken while I was doing research in the Niger Delta. Supported by  Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, an activist from Port Harcourt, I travelled around the country for a few weeks. I wanted to find a place where the effects of the human impact on the planet are particularly visible. The Delta has been catastrophically polluted since 1956, due to the massive extraction of crude oil.
Ese Awolowo trades with cassava. She uses gas flares to dry the roots more rapidly. Even so, though it seems to be efficient, the fumes and gases are extremely poisonous and permeate the produce. In this way, this picture illustrates that the symbiosis or harnessing that once existed between nature and culture is now disintegrating.”

Text: Robin Hinsch
Image: Ese Awolowo, Gas Flaring Site, Ughelli, Niger Delta, Nigeria 2019. © Robin Hinsch
Equipment: Leica M10 with Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH.


Robin Hinsch’s series Wahala is presented in a comprehensive portfolio in LFI issue 4/2022.
© Robin Hinsch

Robin Hinsch

Hinsch studied Photography in Karlsruhe, Hanover, and Hamburg. He has been working as a freelance photographer for international magazines and newspapers, such as The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and The Sunday Times Magazine. In 2016 he was appointed a member of the German Photographic Academy. In 2017 Hinsch founded the Studio 45 exhibition space in Hamburg, where he curates series dedicated to young, international photography.

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