Nadav Kander shoots simple but powerful new Samaritans campaign

Nadav Kander has shot a striking set of portraits for a new Samaritans campaign, which places emphasis on how difficult it can be to talk about our feelings.

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Titled ‘We Listen’ and created by ad agency MullenLowe London, the campaign features copy with certain words highlighted, to emphasise the hidden emotions that may be contained within otherwise innocuous sentences. This is a trick we’ve of course seen before in ads, though here it seems especially relevant to the campaign’s message, reiterating the important role that the Samaritans plays as a place for people to share how they are truly feeling.

The text is supported by Kander’s striking imagery, which features portraits of people turned away, again with their emotions hard to read. With so much advertising featuring people smiling and staring out at us, these images are surprisingly eye-catching, and do a great job of drawing the viewer into the wider message of the campaign.

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  • james

    I get the idea but it’s a shame they went with the three quarter turned away portrait trend. I’m guessing most of the audience won’t have seen this before but to me it’s a pretty played out style of image.

  • E294

    I love it.