5 February 2019 - 28 February 2019
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Experience the spectacular landscapes and endemic flora and fauna of the Rwenzori Mountains as captured by travel photographer Steve Russell.
Described by Henry Morton Stanley on first sight as ‘appearing like a beautiful cloud or mirage’ the Rwenzori Mountains between Uganda and the DRC are like nowhere else on earth. One of the highest mountain ranges on the African continent and supporting an amazingly diverse, endemic flora and fauna, they are also one of the only ranges in Africa to support glaciers. Glacial retreat, first photographed in 1906 by Vittorio Sella who accompanied HRH Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi on his expedition to the area, is now disturbingly apparent.
The Rwenzoris are relatively unexplored with less than a thousand people reaching Margherita Peak summit every year. Facing the twin threats of climate change and encroaching population, conserving the Rwenzori’s precious landscapes is critically important.
Well known travel photographer Steve Russell made the trip last summer and his images of these fragile landscapes reveal a bittersweet quality which both invites and challenges the viewer.
Today, these fragile ecosystems are threatened by climate change and encroaching populations. Steve's photographs offer stark contrast to the first photographs taken in 1906 by Vittorio Sella.
Tuesday 5 February 2019 – Thursday 28 February 2019
Open Monday–Friday 10.00am–5.00pm
Open Saturdays 10.00am–4.00pm
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