Reflections of the Irish Shoreline
Project info

One day while strolling along the pebble beaches of County Wicklow, Ireland, I found myself drawn to the decaying seaweeds, fishing gear, and other tattered debris adorning the shoreline. Through my camera lens, the entangled masses provided an endless array of compositions filled with vibrant colors and varied textures. The images I captured were surprisingly beautiful yet somewhat unsettling. Years later, I reflected on the photographs after reading about how the Irish Sea was eroding some 200,000 tons of trash buried over several generations in the cliffside harbor town of Bray. I realized the issue in Ireland provided a glimpse into a much larger waste management problem across the globe as the World Bank reported that municipal solid waste generation rates will exceed 11 million tons per day by 2100. Considering this projection, I began to wonder if we might reach a time when our landscape becomes almost entirely enveloped in human rubbish and how this could change the natural environment as we perceive it today. I then decided to digitally manipulate and abstract my original images so that the man-made elements in some would remain quite conspicuous, while in others they would appear indistinguishable from the organic materials. The series as a whole gives the impression of looking through a kaleidoscope with each image revealing patterns in nature and human culture.