Young people see, in a way that too many adults do not, a world that is rapidly becoming unrecognizable. Their message is clear: the older generation has failed, and it is the young who will pay in full—with their very futures. During the United Nations General Assembly 2019, the team wanted to highlight the intersectional movement of youth activists fighting for a livable planet for all.
This is a project I worked on during my time at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the Digital Team formed by three Editors, a Photography Coordinator, a Web Designer, a Web Developer, and myself as a Visual Designer. My role was to complement the Web Designer with double exposure photography assets.
1 × project manager
3 × editors
1 × UX/UI designer
1 × web developer
1 × graphic designer
1 × photography coordinator
Double exposures always add an extra layer of storytelling (this technique consists of 2 images superimposed) and we thought it would be a great technique to explain how youth are prioritizing the fight against climate change.
To achieve striking visuals it was key to have a photography coordinator on board. I sat with them and explained my vision. At the investigation phase of the project, I learned that one neutral exposure of a mid-to-low contrast scene mixed with a high contrast scene makes for the best effect. It was the perfect scenario for our story, as we wanted to highlight young people and use nature photos as backgrounds.
The production phase was all about trial and error. Double exposure is a very variable technique and good results come after some hours of trying different blending modes, framing, and different techniques.
Young people are sounding the alarm on climate change and environmental issues. We published the website during the United Nations General Assembly 2019 to support youth for climate change action activism. In support of the United Nations Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September, the United Nations Development Programme scaled up its support to developing countries through “UNDP’s Climate Promise: Ambition, Acceleration and Mobilization.”