Social media has become a place of education and inspiration, says filmmaker Jack Harries

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The Photography Show 2022 is open for another year and features a fascinating array of speakers – professional photographers and filmmakers who share their expertise, wisdom and inspiration with show-goers.

Jack is appearing as a super announcer on The Photography Show tomorrow. From his beginnings on YouTube as JacksGap, to covering COP26, interviewing Obama and David Attenborough, to working with Netflix and the WWF, filmmaker Jack will talk about his journey, how social media has changed and how he sees the human voices behind it has intensified one of the biggest crises facing our planet today – climate change.

We spoke to Jack ahead of his talk to find out more about his content creation, what he thinks of social media, and what to expect next.

Tickets can still be seen Jack Harries at the photography show (opens in new tab) in Birmingham, UK on Sunday 18 September from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Raised in a family of filmmakers, Jack Harries understands the power of storytelling. Whether it’s advocating for the future of our planet, making documentaries or creating content that sheds light on global issues, social empowerment and environmental education are at the heart of Jack’s work. Both his YouTube channel and production company Earthrise humanize and discuss the effects of global warming and environmental degradation. Jack performs at The Photography Show (opens in new tab) with his lecture Tackling the climate crisis with creativity.

Can you tell us a bit about Earthrise Studio and what you hope to achieve with the platform?

Earthrise Studio is a creative studio and online platform aimed at communicating the climate and ecological emergency. We are a multidisciplinary studio working across film, design, live events and fundraising campaigns. Our goal is to envision the world we so desperately need and ultimately inspire system change through human-centered storytelling.

Jack Harrys

(Image credit: Jack Harries)

And how do you think we can use our own personal social platforms to create change?

In just the last few years, it seems as if the issue of climate change has moved from the fringes of society to the top of the global agenda. This year in particular, extreme weather events around the world have served as a crucial and urgent reminder of the unfolding crisis. For many years we have been told that it is up to each individual to effect change in their own lives. Today we know that this alone will not be enough. It is vital that we all work together to organize, educate one another and advocate for system change on a global scale. Ultimately, we believe we need a system that prioritizes people and planet, not just profit.

Jack Harrys

(Image credit: Jack Harries)

Now that you’ve completed your first series of Seat at the Table, with highlights including Sir David Attenborough, do you have plans to do a second series and who would be your top three interviewees?

Unfortunately, YouTube Originals no longer funds environmental content, which seems like a missed opportunity to me. Because of this, we won’t be doing any more seasons of Seat At The Table in the future, but I want to continue to interview inspirational figures in space, particularly wisdom keepers, land protectors, and indigenous communities who have long practiced a different philosophy than the one that led us there got where we are today.

How has your career evolved in recent years and could you have predicted the evolution from YouTuber to filmmaker and climate storyteller?

I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow as a filmmaker and presenter over the past few years. I certainly didn’t imagine being here when I created a YouTube channel all those years ago. I’ve only ever pursued what I’m passionate about and that has led me to some amazing people and places so far. While it often got me into trouble at school, curiosity has proven to be my strongest trait.

How do you think social media has changed since you started your YouTube channel and do you think it’s for the better?

Social media is always changing and honestly my take on it depends on the day you ask! What has struck me is that over the past few years, social media has evolved into a place to educate, inform, and inspire one another. With the proliferation of infographics and short videos, information has become increasingly democratized and used as a tool to organize and create communities. Ultimately, I think this is a positive change and the first step in creating the systemic changes we so desperately need.

Jack Harrys

(Image credit: Jack Harries)

What can we expect next from you in the world of film and documentary making?

My goal in the coming years is to continue to grow Earthrise Studio. I would love to find more ways to encourage the diversity of voices from people around the world. We have plans to develop a variety of new ideas for some well-known broadcasters and hope to move into the world of podcasting and physical events next year.

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