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Floating Plastics, Sour, June 2017 / Lebanon
by Constanze Flamme
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Title:
Floating Plastics, Sour, June 2017 / Lebanon

Author:
Constanze Flamme

Description:
The submitted photograph is part of a documentary on seapollution and dumping-sites in Lebanon, causing a significant threat to the Mediterranean. This particular one though was not taken close to any dumping site but these carpets of floating plastics appeared on a frequented and beloved beach in the south of Lebanon and a Coast Nature Reserve for sea turtles. Despite the aesthetical aspect of this photo the amount of plastic drifting along the coast has an alarming dimension and is a heartbreaking daily reality. Next to needed actions, engagement of the civil society but also on instititutional levels to fight mismanagement and private interests which ignore public and environmental health I believe that a repetitive representation of the scale of pollution is one of the tasks of visual reportage. In this case the series aims to evoke an apprehension and awe concerning the dimension of the actual pollution which unfolds through a series of close ups and a first aesthetical impression to give space for a more sinister feeling of realisation. While I worked in 2011 on the aftermath of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon along the coastal areas of Louisana and since I grew up at the sea I got sensitized about the condition of our seas. I was shocked to see such an enormity floating in the sea along the shores of Lebanon and intend to continue the documentation alsong the coasts I visit. Part of the series was published in the Zenith-Magazine Dossier on the Mediterranean Sea and continued throughout my stay in Lebanon in 2017.
Description:
The submitted photograph is part of a documentary on seapollution and dumping-sites in Lebanon, causing a significant threat to the Mediterranean. This particular one though was not taken close to any dumping site but these carpets of floating plastics appeared on a frequented and beloved beach in the south of Lebanon and a Coast Nature Reserve for sea turtles. Despite the aesthetical aspect of this photo the amount of plastic drifting along the coast has an alarming dimension and is a heartbreaking daily reality. Next to needed actions, engagement of the civil society but also on instititutional levels to fight mismanagement and private interests which ignore public and environmental health I believe that a repetitive representation of the scale of pollution is one of the tasks of visual reportage. In this case the series aims to evoke an apprehension and awe concerning the dimension of the actual pollution which unfolds through a series of close ups and a first aesthetical impression to give space for a more sinister feeling of realisation. While I worked in 2011 on the aftermath of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon along the coastal areas of Louisana and since I grew up at the sea I got sensitized about the condition of our seas. I was shocked to see such an enormity floating in the sea along the shores of Lebanon and intend to continue the documentation alsong the coasts I visit. Part of the series was published in the Zenith-Magazine Dossier on the Mediterranean Sea and continued throughout my stay in Lebanon in 2017.
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