Humans are shaping and shifting the Earth now more than ever. According to International Geological Congress we’re currently living in the Anthropocene epoch - the time of humans. This new geological era is marked by nuclear testing, mass extinction and plastic pollution permanently embedded in the bedrock of the Earth.
What Remains is a three-year survey of the Midwestern landscape. It draws attention to plastic pollution in a region with no bag bans or bag fees. Through this series I explore the complex and interwoven relationships humans have with nature and begin to unpack the consequences of a consumer culture.
I create a healing practice by picking up the litter and pulling it out of the trees and bushes after I photograph it. This speaks as much about our ability to make a difference, as it can to stay indifferent.
Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year. Despite efforts to create legislation, they just coming. The plastic bags break down into the environment creating micro beads that leach into the water, soil, air and us. It’s, as if, it’s, the lead of our times and we just don’t know it yet.
As a photographer I use light, form and content to emphasize the idea of introspection in relation to our ties with nature. Believing that we are part of nature and not separate from it creates powerful implications in the absence of government and corporate action. For if a few of us can begin to see the world through this lens, I believe, we can begin to get something meaningful done.