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Decomposing flower floating in a plastic pocket
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Found decomposing flora wrapped in a plastic pocker
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Plastic pollution monochrome series

My motivation for creating this series started with two powerful emotions. Anger and frustration! I was walking toward home alongside a row of street trees, and was shocked to see so much plastic entangled with the leaves on the trees. I stopped in my tracks. They looked like poorly decorated Christmas trees. Unfortunately, random ugly plastic bits were suffocating the leaves on the trees. I plucked a piece of plastic from a tree and the plastic pollution monochrome series was conceived.

The world is facing a plastic crisis, the status quo is not an option. Plastic pollution is a serious issue of global concern which requires an urgent and international response involving all relevant actors at different levels.

Source: Geneva Environment Network

Subject matter used to create this series

The organic materials used in this series are found flowers and leaves. As you can see in the monochrome imagery, they are in various stages of decomposing. The plastic was thick in consistency, and was a pocket shape of some type. This was perfect for tucking in the found flora. I was aiming for the plastic pocket to create visual irregularities and peculiarities. Also, I wanted the subject matter to appear isolated and imprisoned, suffocated by the plastic.

More monochrome found flora artworks can be found here.

Plastic pollution monochrome series
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Tahnia Roberts

Author Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a visual storyteller who uses photography to explore, investigate and document her surroundings. An avid collector of found objects which frequently become still life compositions. Black and white photography is her preferred medium. Born and raised in New Zealand, she currently resides in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia.

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