New Waves by Raphaël Neal
This is a collection of teenagers’ portraits, paired with landscapes and inspired by global warming issues. Heatwaves, wildfires or floods are evoked in a cinematic way. The presence of teens – including several young activists – implies the growing threats that the next generation will have to deal with because of climate change, and its inevitable consequences on their physical and mental health.
‘Danger’ and ‘beauty’ were the two words I kept in mind while producing the series: it had to look both engaging and uncomfortable. A contradiction that reminded me of how we have recently been astonished by dangerously high summer temperatures, while accommodating ourselves to them. I also wanted to show different attitudes of today's youth: some look defiant and strong, but others are frightened. I didn’t want to show this ultra-combative youth that exists only in discourses and advertisements.