Gary Ellis Photography | Nature? Litter Documentary Project

Nature? Litter Documentary Project

November 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I started working on a documentary project over a year ago now called Nature? that focuses on the littering issue within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park one of my favourite places to spend the day and thats partly the reason for this project I would love to see people actually use the many bins rather than just drop their rubbish and see the park cleaned up and I thought a project highlighting the issue might help. 

I have had great fun shooting this project so far its really easy to get lost in the subject the sad thing is I am not stuck for subjects to shoot hopefully that will change and it will get harder :)

The image above on the left was lit with sunshine coming through the trees I think this gave the image a really nice look and fits well with the style of my project, the above right image was lit with a speedlight to help it stand out from the surroundings. 

I am just amazed at how much rubbish there is throughout the national park and its supposed to be Scotlands most loved Loch unfortunately it doesn't look like it at all. There are plenty of bins throughout the park so really no excuse for just dropping rubbish and honestly it seems mental that people are happy to take it with them but when its empty and weighs nothing its too much to drop it in a bin.

A while ago I provided an image to a fantastic roll shop in Balloch called Wizgonies well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in this part of the world, the image I provided was used on their sandwich boxes so I knew it wouldn't be long until one of my own images was the subject for my project but that didn't make it any easier when it finally happened. It took me around 40 minutes to get over my annoyance and then make the image when in reality it was just another bit of litter on the ground. 

I feel that this project is far from over more like its just starting and I will be adding to it for a long time yet but I felt it was time to display the project so far in the hope that it gets people to think a bit more about their actions and how damaging litter is to the environment. Who wants to go out for the day to a beautiful park to be surrounded by litter can't say that I would enjoy that.

I want to say as well that every bit of litter that was photographed for this project was picked up afterwards and put into the bin apart from a few ridiculously big gas canisters that I couldn't move on my own so I reported to the park authority and the local council. 

 

If you have any feedback on the project I would love to hear it leave a comment below or send me a wee email :)

Thanks for taking the time to have a wee look stay tuned for future updates :)


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