It wasn’t that long ago that I began to develop a growing awareness of the obscene quantity of plastic waste we humans collectively discard. Whichever statistic you come across, the figure is stupefyingly—almost unimaginably—staggering.
I think, like most everybody, the issue became so much more real and significant when National Geographic put out a stunning magazine cover with the now iconic image of what looks like a pristine iceberg, but which, on closer inspection, is actually a clever photo-montage composed mainly from out of a single plastic bag floating in the ocean.
That image shocked me, as I am sure that it did many others. Since then, I decided to start learning more and more about the extent of the damage that plastic pollution has wrought on our planet, specially our seas.
With new consciousness and growing knowledge, it was quite easy for me to personally begin doing something about it—to do my share in minimizing usage and waste—beginning with single-use plastics. I simply started by accounting how much actual plastic waste that I and my family was generating in our household, then figuring out several easy workable steps to deal with them.
That meant simply three things—reduce, reuse, and recycle.
To date, I don’t know how effective my personal efforts are at minimizing plastic waste, if it’s at all making any difference, but I certainly want to do do more and to try more.
That means I need to learn and know more. That also means I should help others to learn and know more as well.
I know so many other people, people I personally know, who have yet to develop awareness about their use of plastic, and so, one of the things I’m doing, whenever I can, is to broach the subject to them.
But as a professional photographer, however, one of the things I believe I can do to help is to contribute to developing awareness of this pressing environmental issue by producing compelling enough photographic visuals that will hopefully help others to see the dire menace of plastic pollution.
This year, I started photographing all sorts of single-use plastic in my photo studio, and spreading these as stock images to different photo and micro stock agencies. You can get some of these pictures here.
Whenever I go on Twitter, I am encouraged that many people are doing their share as well. It is heartening to know that even major corporations are beginning to do their share in reducing plastic waste.
Hopefully, with my pictures of plastics, I am able to add to the growing visual resources that will support the environmental efforts of individual professionals, journalists, influencers, and even you.
Take a look at some of these pictures, here.