Wednesday 26 March 2008
Walking to save some sea
Went to a great exhibition today called "Walking To Save Some Sea". Responding to a UN report (2006) that says there is an average of 46,000 pieces of plastic litter per square mile of the ocean worldwide, artist Fran Crowe spent a year beach combing in Suffolk for plastic. The result is a stunningly well executed and thought provoking exhibition at Languard Fort, Felixstowe.
As I posted here a few weeks ago, last year I resurrected my McJunk project, an ongoing photographic study of McDonalds detritus. I am a firm believer of the adage, "If you won't clean up your own shit, you shouldn't expect others to do it for you", and litter has become, in my mind, an appropriate metaphor for current attitudes towards society. Unfortunately I see too often the results of a 'sod the consequences/look after number one' mentality that has evolved as a result of, and indeed, has been nurtured by, the holy trinity of government, shareholders and city traders - namely: unbridled Capitalism. To add insult to injury, high street stores are bandwagon jumping onto populist ideas such as banning carrier bags as if they haven't known the environmental facts about them for years. But because it's now fashionable amongst the chattering classes and business can see the marketability angle, they try to portray themselves as acting 'responsibly'. Go figure, when have responsibility and Capitalism ever been easy bedfellows? And when are they really, I mean really, going to address the over packaging of goods. Let me guess, when it makes good marketing sense to do so.
Ho hum, sorry about the rant, but that's the result of going to a thought provoking exhibition. Go and give it a look, it's running until 5th May. See selected photos below. Langaurd Fort details available here, and Fran Crowe's website available here.