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An Undesirable Archive
by Steve McPherson
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Title:
An Undesirable Archive

Author:
Steve McPherson

Description:
2009 to present. 3000+ Digital images on A4 paper Since 2009 I have amassed a photographic archive of around 3000 images of individual plastic items in situ on the beaches near my home on the south-east coast of the UK. This continuing project, titled ‘An Undesirable Archive’, reflects my own relationship to the beach, my interests in objects and our wider relationships to the marine environment. For me the objects also present a paradoxical dilemma between a wish to find the novelties and treasures, and a desire that they were not in the environment in the first place. The cause of the depositing of these plastic objects are many – some are sea born and float from further shores and rivers, some reach our coast from the busy shipping lanes that skirt our beaches, but most are from the day trippers, holiday makers and visitors to our coastal towns and villages. While there is no escaping the obvious, and important ecological subject matter the work presents, each image also raises question regarding the history of each object, its reason for its location on the beach, and the unknowable story of the previous owners.
Description:
2009 to present. 3000+ Digital images on A4 paper Since 2009 I have amassed a photographic archive of around 3000 images of individual plastic items in situ on the beaches near my home on the south-east coast of the UK. This continuing project, titled ‘An Undesirable Archive’, reflects my own relationship to the beach, my interests in objects and our wider relationships to the marine environment. For me the objects also present a paradoxical dilemma between a wish to find the novelties and treasures, and a desire that they were not in the environment in the first place. The cause of the depositing of these plastic objects are many – some are sea born and float from further shores and rivers, some reach our coast from the busy shipping lanes that skirt our beaches, but most are from the day trippers, holiday makers and visitors to our coastal towns and villages. While there is no escaping the obvious, and important ecological subject matter the work presents, each image also raises question regarding the history of each object, its reason for its location on the beach, and the unknowable story of the previous owners.
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