Stranded Goods — arranged still lifes of washed up waste
If you type OCEAN and PLASTIC into the google search bar, you’ll soon find the image of an albatross lying dead on an ocean bank. The photography went viral. It was shot by Chris Jordan. In it, you see a hollow skull with a beak, bones and a few feathers. But most of all you see plastic. Random pieces of colored plastic that must have filled the bird’s gastrointestinal tract. It is a scary and haunting image. It is a didactic image, because it shows the world we live in: A bird that eats plastic and dies of it.
The photo series Stranded Goods captures images of the same kind of plastic that killed the albatross. Images of things that have been washed up on the shores. And yet, it shows them in a different light. The marine debris is decontextualized and consciously arranged, like brushstrokes in a minimalist painting. The objects have been worn so badly by the current that you can only guess where they had come from. They have lost their original form and function. Instead, the visual space is dominated by color and shape. By vague and indistinct perspectives and a light that becomes an object in itself. We get to see the plastic in a way we have never seen it before: in all its artificiality.