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The 'Drowning World' Photos Depict Flood Victims Around the World

Drowning World is a photography project that aims to put a human face on the devastation wrought by floods. The photos -- also intended to act as a commentary on the detrimental effects of global warming -- have been taken by London-based South African photographer Gideon Mendel since 2007. The photos depict flood victims posing in flooded homes and neighborhoods in countries as varied as Thailand, India, Nigeria and the U.K.

The photos aim to convey that beyond the statistics, numbers and news reports of flooding damage are individual people struggling to cope with life after devastating floods.

The Drowning World photographs are now being shown in Toronto as part of the month-long, city-wide Contact Photography Festival. Mendel's work was selected to be featured in 'Contacting Toronto,' an underground installation curated by outdoor advertising company Pattison Onestop.