Ghoramara is the name of an Island, in Bengali language Ghoramara minds “a dead horse”. Long time ago there were Bengali tigers in the island. They say that one of them killed the horse of a British settler and that it is the discovery of the animal’s dead body what gave the place its name.
The island is located at the Sundarbans, a labyrinth of islands that spans the mouth of the Ganges delta from eastern India to Bangladesh, this area is being engulfed by the sea and are disappearing.
In only four decades Ghoramara has lost more than 75 percent of its territory. Erosion and sea rising due to climate change are responsible for such a loss. While expert look for scientific explanations, the island’s five thousand inhabitants strive to protect what is left and get prepared for the worst. It is a race against time with little tools and expertise, done more with the heart than with preparedness in an effort to save their way of life in one of the world’s ecosystems most vulnerable to climate change, recent reports warn that the island is likely to disappear within the next twelve years.
‘A Story of a Dead Horse’ sets out to capture the “human face” of climate change. To document the impact of rising sea levels and how the ever increasing number of cyclones threaten the livelihoods of farmers and fisherman, as land is eroded and, at times, entire islands sink into the sea.
This essay was Shortlisted for the EPF 2016
Barcelona (Spain), 1985. Pizarro is a documentary photographer currently living in New Delhi, India. He’s mostly interested in personal long-term projects. The emphasis of his work is largely focused on current social and environmental concerns that affect different communities, most of them unadvertised by the big media. Jordi’s main goal is to aid and increase awareness of issues affecting people and their environments in the world we live in. He hopes that with his photographs to contribute in some small way towards creating a critical reflection of this world. Pizarro’s work has been published in many international magazines around the world including National Geographic Proof, New York Times, Time, Sunday Times, Internazionale and Le Monde among others. Also my work received different international photography awards like; two times “Picture of the year” (POYI) in portrait and nature category or the Scholarship of Ernesto Bazan among others.