Water - A nordic photography project


water - a nordic photography project

The Century of Water by A. D. Coleman


Melting ice caps. Rising seas. Eroding coral reefs. Vast plastic gyres in the oceans. Beached whales and seals and penguins. Vanishing marine populations. Rapid declines and die-offs of saltwater and freshwater ecosystems. Disastrous offshore oil spills. Poisoned rivers and aquifers. Polluted reservoirs. Hurricanes and tsunamis. Droughts and wildfires. Global warming. Climate change...

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We may come to think of the 21st century as the century of water, in which for the first time we understand water as not only a force of nature but a force of culture as well. While some of the water-related crises we face now and foresee in the immediate future result from conditions beyond human control, most have arrived as a direct consequence of social, economic, and political choices made as far back as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and as recently as last year.

      Because they will live longest under these rapidly worsening conditions, those we call "millennials" -- born in the last decade of the 20th century and the years since -- will experience this ecological emergency differently than those who came before them. They come of age at or even after the crises have reached a cumulative tipping point, commencing a perhaps irreversible slide toward catastrophe.

      Invited to respond photographically to the theme of water, the young students participating in this timely project address it in purely personal terms. Their visions, expressed in triptychs, share, with few exceptions, an idyllic attitude: water as a symbol of nature and of purity, a locus for play and meditation, eternal, unchanging. Surely this reflects their life experiences in the Nordic countries. For the most part, they take delight in water, and convey that joy to us eloquently through their pictures.

      And that should give us cause for hope. Not only because they bring their fresh, unjaded points of view to the subject, but because, having experienced the unalloyed, wholesome pleasures traditionally associated with a healthy abundance of this essential liquid, they will have all the more reason to join the fight already underway to preserve this precious resource for themselves and the generations to follow.

      Stabilizing the world's water supplies, reversing the degradation thereof, and ensuring that all living beings have the uncontaminated water they need to survive and thrive already looms as one of the great battles of their time. These pictures show that, as budding photographers and, more importantly, as citizens of the world, these students know what they stand to lose if they -- if we all -- fail to turn the tide.

Bio note:

Based in New York, A. D. Coleman currently celebrates his 50th year as a critic, historian, and theorist of photography and photo-based art. His blog, Photocritic International, appears online at photocritic.com.

© Copyright 2018 by A. D. Coleman. All rights reserved. By permission of the author and Image/World Syndication Services, imageworld@nearbycafe.com.

In brief


The exhibition NU18 is cooperation between students at Prakticum Vocational College in Helsinki Finland and Xenter/Tumba Upper Secondary School in Sweden. 

The exhibition NU18 consists of both photographs as analogue and as digital. The theme for the photographs is”water”.

NU18 is shown on this digital platform and in an exhibition space in Stockholm Sweden also with analogue photographs.

The purpose of the project

The purpose of the project

Young people from the Nordic countries learn to work together and thus gain understanding and knowledge of Nordic cultures. The knowledge will also provide young people with the opportunity to enter the labour market more easily throughout the Nordic region.

NU18 with the theme,”water” is presented in three different ways .

The collaborative project has been created by 22 students from Prakticum Vocational College in Helsinki, Finland

and Xenter/Tumba Upper Secondary School in Stockholm (Botkyrka), Sweden.




...is shown in full in the form of a digital platform (this website), all photographs in the viritual gallery (3D) and in an exhibition space at the Photo Fair in Stockholm during 9th – 11th March, 2018 with parts of the analogue photographs of the Students. Second year Media students at Prakticum and Third year students at Xenter/Tumba Upper Secondary School have created photographs shown in both analogue (parts of the images at the exhibition space in Stockholm) and digital form (website and a viritual gallery (3D)). Students of Information and Communications Technology at Prakticum have also participated by designing the digital platform together with Media 16 Prakticum Students.

For more information about our study programmes

For more information about our study programmes

Prakticum Vocational College: http://prakticum.fi/om-prakticum/prakticum-in-english.html

Vice Principal, Henrik Wik, henrik.wik@prakticum.fi

Tumba Upper Secondary School/Xenter: https://www.xenter.se/sida/gymnasium

Anna Eriksson, anna.eriksson@xenter.se

For more information about NU18

For more information about NU18

Project Manager:
Nina Sederholm, Finland

+358 (0)400 241278

Project Coordinator:
Per Mannberg, Sweden

+46 (0)708696456



Prakticum Vocational College/Teachers: Nina Sederholm (Media) and Paul Wallin (Information and Communications Technology)

Students: Media Assistant (yr2)/Media 16

Dogançay Dennis
Heino Olle
Jokilehto Daniela
Kraufvelin Julia
Lindgren Wilhelm
Lindström Ronny
Myllymäki Tiia
Niiranen Essi
Sjöström Linda
Tammisto Ellen

Students: IT (yr2)/ Dhg16: production of digital platform

Erik Blomqvist
Robin Lehmann

Tumba Upper Secondary School/Xenter
Teachers: Per Mannberg (Photography)
Tumba Upper Secondary School/Xenter:

Students: (yr3)/ES15Photo

Ekberg Zanello Filippa
Eriksson My
Fröjd Cornelia
Halén Julia
Hjorth Vanja
Jonsson Minéa
Nikodinoski Katarina
Robertsson Linnea
Zabel Emma
Zarnoch Krystian