© Julian Lennon, Follow, 2014. Courtesy of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
The principal goal behind Julian’s latest series, ’Horizon,’ is to marry photography with philanthropy. “I have always felt that I observed life in a different way than others, probably because my life has always been very different than most,” says Julian. His attuned worldview recently led him to see first-hand, the results of a Charity: Water and The White Feather Foundation initiative, bringing critically needed clean drinking water to parts of Africa. Simultaneous, his conservation and humanitarian efforts overlapped with support work being developed with Millennium Villages Project.
Images above: © Julian Lennon, (top) Hope, 2014; (bottom) Reverence, 2014. Courtesy of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
During these travels through Kenya and Ethiopia, Julian captured a wide variety of images, with the intention of inspiring viewers to learn about unique indigenous cultures and to help raise awareness of their plights. Its signature image, Horizon, juxtaposes man and nature in a meditative solo walk upon a majestic mountaintop. The beauty of landscape shots like Follow and Scopium find a complement in the humanity of others, among them: Reverence, with a group of tribal elders focused intently, during a community gathering, to discuss clean water and their environment; and Hope, a bright-eyed Ethiopian child, with a wise, yet insightful vision, of life yet to come.
© Julian Lennon, Scopium, 2015. Courtesy of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery.
Empathy, says Julian Lennon, is the bond that unites the planet. He says, “We are all in this together, and hopefully someday, the world will realize that… and photography is one way to share, learn, appreciate and understand about other cultures and empathize with other peoples lives…”