On the way to my harmonica lesson last Saturday afternoon, I spotted an poster on the tube that caught my eye. At a glance, it looked like my sorta exhibition, so I popped along to Somerset House to check out “Scarcity Waste”.
Scarcity Waste was this year’s theme for the Syngenta Photography Award which aims to highlight key global issues through the art of photography and both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world were invited to interpret the theme in their own way.
I love photography and usually make an annual trip to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum to drink in some of the amazing moments captured though a lens, so I was delighted that Scarcity Waste mixed my love of photos with a passion for highlighting our global waste issues.
There was a fascinating series of pictures from each of the finalists and it was so interesting how each one had tackled different aspects of waste.
Here are some of my favourite pics:
Above by Michael Hall – Mountain of Plastic in China 2012
Above by Kai Löffelbein – India generates a lot of its own e-waste but also imports millions of tons every year making waste serious business.
Above by Paul Sebastian Smith and was taken in Bromley, South-East London in 2014 where this 40ft highpile of rubbish ruins the view from a residential cul-de-sac. Made up of industrial and domestic waste, it includes broken fridges, discarded nappies, broken bottles and scrap metal and that’s just the tip of the…iceberg/scrap pile.
Above by Gregg Segal – 7 Days of Garbage. Friends and family of the phographer were phtographed in their own garbage from a week. So much unnecessary packaging, especially from convenience foods.
As well as the finalists’ work on display, the exhibition also brings some harsh truths to light and actually displays them rather well. Nuggets of info highlighted in text on the walls and visual messages displayed using a items like a deconstructed cell phone and coffee cups etc.
The exhibition runs daily 10am-6pm at Somerset House from 11th March – 10th April. Free admission too, which is always nice! If you find yourself in central London with an hour to spare, then go! Absolutely worth it.