Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Plastic Beach is a Digital Collage which struggles against the overwhelming tide of plastic waste filling our oceans. According to research by the Plastic Oceans Organisation every year more than 8 million tons of plastic floods into our oceans. We are producing plastics at the most prodigious rate in our history and most of this consists of packaging which only ever sees a single use. An unfathomable 91% of all plastic is never recycled with 1 million plastic bags used per minute and over 500 Billion used every year. We have reached a stage where 90% of all seabirds have plastic in their stomachs and the National Geographic Society announced in July of this year that a plastic garbage patch the size of Mexico was discovered drifting in the South Pacific off the coasts of Chile and Peru. So much of this is avoidable with better recycling initiatives and alternative packaging solutions. Hopefully change is on its way, as ultimately our Oceans are not disposable.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. A Suffocating Presence is a Digital Collage unmasking the blight of Air Pollution in our industrialized world. According to the World Health Organization Air Pollution is one of the worlds leading preventable causes of death. Air Pollution takes a toll of almost 7 million lives a year worldwide. Contributing to the development of non-communicable respiratory diseases, ischemic heart disease and increased vulnerability to secondary infections. In some of our worlds more industrialized and densely populated cities, exercising outside for even short periods will now do more harm than good due to the inhalation of fine particulates and industrial emmisions. Time for a break in the country . . .