Photographer Mustafah Abulaziz brings insight on the world’s relationship to water

Berlin-based photographer Mustafah Abulaziz has spent more than five years exploring the world’s relationship to water.

In what he envisages to be a 15-year project, Mustafah Abdulaziz plans to visit 32 countries to uncover people’s attitudes towards water.

In 2011, the American photographer took on the challenge to photograph what water means to the world, how it influences various cultures and the different ways it is used.

Today, his body of work covers eight countries on four continents, and is supported by Water Aid, Earth Watch, WWF, VSCO and the UN.

For the Water Stories, Mustafah Abdulaziz has visited countries including India, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, China and the US – each with a different relationship to water.

In India he portrays the polluted Ganges river, while in California he shows the effects of heavy droughts on the landscape.

Mustafah Abdulaziz says: “Water is one of the great challenges of our time. Across the planet we are seeing our fundamental relationship with water called into question…it is my hope that this exhibition may, irrespective of our borders, remind us that we must address this challenge as one and work towards coexistence with our environment, as much for individual benefit as our collective gain. Our future depends on our understanding; water hangs in the balance.”

Mustafah Abdulaziz

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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