An assignment (that will develop into an on going project) I’m in the midst of is focussed on plastic rubbish found on Christchurch beaches. The goal is to raise awareness of how plastics impact our environment and I’ve got plans for a zine, large prints, and maybe some sculptural work too. If times allows.
First impressions of waste on Christchurch beaches is that there is not much trash at all. I’ve spent a fair amount of time beach combing for plastics at Sumner Beach, Taylors Mistake, and Boulder Bay and found only a few items. My first impressions after shooting them as found amongst the sands and rocks, is that instead of being repelled by their ugliness, I’m actually finding the results disturbingly beautiful.
Here are a few from the collection so far, and the unique aesthetic of the Yashica635 could be seen as an asset or a fault with this series, as i’m shooting right upto its minimal focal range. There are strange sharp and soft patches throughout the frame, but personally i think it adds to why I find the series so compelling… the whole subject matter looks so dreamy.
I’m in the process of developing and scanning more of these images, and will add to this post as I go along. I may swap out images too as I’m going to shoot them again… and again… as you do. Ha!