If the intent of the journalist or the photographer was to show the devastation caused by cyclone Debbie, the photo must be such that it shows more devastation in one picture, to the highest extent possible. When one needs to show a proof of the damage by natural disasters, one is tempted to know the most severe kind of damage inflicted. This one picture does not show the entire story of the cyclone’s impact. The damage shown is of the natural disaster, of material destruction such as property. Instead, something of more real in sense and true information such as human inflicted damage, if possible, should have been shown.
The photo is nevertheless displaying its internal intent, that is, the rise of natural disasters due to the influence of human actions. The damage shown in the photo raises the case of environment protection (Burke, Law and Palin, 2017), which comes to the mind right after analysing the photo. The availability of a kayak in the most uncertain of periods and events is also a question that the photo raises. Was it really needed or was it better to have been avoided and instead be replaced by a more informative photo? This question makes the guesses rise and become solid.
As per geographical reports, Australia witnesses about 11 cyclones a year, but this year’s Debbie cyclone has been devastating and surpassing the extent of damage of the past years. The reasons are attributed to warm ocean climate and moisture in the air (Ritchie-Tyo, 2017). These are nothing but results of excessive human irregularities that pay no attention to the impacts of each action. Humans influence many of the climate change incidences, which when increased takes a shape of a natural disaster propeller. The photo reminds immediately of the havoc that all humanity is creating for itself, but all efforts goes into ignorance.
Ethical considerations of the photo also become clearer when the ethics of human actions, ethics of shared living and shared prosperity comes into discussions. The damage caused by the cyclone is nothing but the result of an unethical act done either intentionally or ignorantly. The cyclone requires mangroves and forests to sustain its coming, which are seriously getting destroyed and replaced by rapid urbanisation. Thus, the photo also asks a question whether humanity has gone overboard and usurped and encroached upon the land meant for its own existence without disturbance.