If our bulimic civilization were to disappear one day, suffocated, I would be the last man: the survivor, the one who trudges down the long beaches of the infinite ocean looking for a sign, looking for another. The horizon will be so empty, so deserted, that the plastic debris I run across will be the only proof of my past. I will look at it deeply, thirstily, to remember. It will be vast and precious in my eyes.
The limited color palate in these images builds a stark look at our future. As the main subject of each image, these discarded items—plastics, metals, gasoline cans—appear larger than life, giving the series a surreal undertone. Juxtaposing bleak shoreline landscapes with discarded remnants of civilization, Konarzewski makes a statement about society’s tendency for unexamined, continual consumption.
—Lauren Sarazen and Thierry Konarzewski
Editors’ Note: Don’t miss the work of all the other winners and finalists from the LensCulture Earth Awards 2015. In total, you’ll find 34 unique points of view inspired by the earth, nature and our shared surroundings. Beauty, destruction, wonder and hope—these are timely, important works that shouldn’t be missed!