The slums of Manila bird's-eye view
• The slums of Manila with a bird's-eye view
Manila, Philippines capital - one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. On one square mile (2, 59 square kilometers) is home to approximately 200,000 people. In 2017, a German photographer Bernard Lange (Bernhard Lang) made a series of photographs from the air of the city of overpopulation. Scenes from this perspective as well as possible indicate the conditions under which citizens have to live.
According to the BBC, all over the world live in slums around one billion people. And 2% of slum dwellers are living precisely in the island nation.
The capital of Manila is located in the north-west coast of the Philippines. The city has a growing business district, residential areas and slums on the outskirts, where people live in shacks.
36-year-old woman comes with her daughter to school
In the poorest areas, many families huddled in makeshift shacks along the river. Shacks built on stilts because of frequent flooding.
In 2017, photographer Bernard Lang decided to make a series of photographs on the topic, which he considers one of the most important in our world - overpopulation.
His research led him to Manila, where multicolored roof shanty shacks knocked together from the remnants of building materials, reminded him of abstract paintings.
Photographer rented a helicopter to fly over the city. "From this perspective it can best be seen as closely spaced homes, backing each other"
On the first night of your stay in Manila photographer in one of the slum fire broke out. Due to the fact that the house is literally pressed against each other, fire trucks could hardly get to the fire.
The next morning, Lang flew to the area. A fire destroyed thousands of houses, leaving three thousand people without a roof. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Fires and floods - constant threats in Manila. The Philippine Islands are located in the Ring of Fire, which means that earthquakes and typhoons.
Garbage transport of polluted waters near the slums, which increases the risk of bacterial diseases.
In Manila there are other consequences of overpopulation - hunger, poverty, economic disparities, crime, drug-related.
Permissions overpopulation crisis in the city is not expected. According to Time The, 2025 Manila population will grow by 3, 29 million people.
Lang is worried that in the context of such global issues as climate change and ocean pollution, overpopulation of the planet do not pay enough attention.
Photographer hopes his pictures will attract attention of the public and the powerful.