Shores of plastic< back

These new series of cyanotype* prints have been created using found materials from the river Thames, mainly plastics. During my walks by the river, I was moved to do something about the relentless waves of plastic waste washing up on the city’s shores. As an avid beachcomber and printmaker, it was only natural for me to begin collecting plastic from the river and transforming it into prints.

Once in the studio, I placed the objects on the light-sensitised paper under the sun to create the cyanotypes. At times I distributed the materials the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic mimics jellyfish, algae, roots or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment.

Although often aesthetically beautiful, the works point to the concerning profusion of these plastics in our environment. Hopefully, these prints will lead us to reflect about our daily actions and that everything we throw away comes back to us (via the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we grow crops and raise animals on).

This is an ongoing project but a final outcome with all prints included is on the way in the form of an artist book. If you are interested in buying a copy, please contact me. Part of the sales will be donated to an organisation dedicated to reduce the plastic imprint.
*The use of this pre photography technique is deliberated, as it is sustainable and non contaminant.