Waste land

CompanyDoest Photography
PhotographerJasper Doest
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Over the past years I’ve spent many weeks on landfill sites and recycling centers in Southern Europe. While working on a story about white storks I noticed large flocks of birds foraging on mountains of municipal waste. A scene I can not explain, but a story with desperate need to be told. Being confronted with the enormous amounts of waste we produce on a daily basis is truly horrifying. Walking through fields of empty bottles, plastic bags, food leftovers and toys still brings me to tears. I lie awake at night, embarrassed to be part of our consumer society. We have to turn the tide. This story is not about storks anymore. It is about us. Look into the mirror and imagine all fables about storks as symbol of new life being true. Than this is how we threat new life, longevity…our future. Welcome to the Anthropocene.

About Photographer

To Jasper Doest, photography is about emotion. Whether it's a travel documentary, a conservation story or a standalone piece of art: it must be an expressive image, an image that touches its viewers. As a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his photographs have received multiple awards and have appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic Magazine, GEO and Smithsonian Magazine. Jasper's images depict what is beautiful around him, around us, and with his photographs he is able to reveal how fragile this beauty is. One split second can tell his story, that single moment in which he freezes nature but brings it to life more than ever before. "Through my photography I’m able to give a voice to the ones that are often overlooked. I’m able to share my experiences with so many people. As our future is on the line, we need people to start caring about our environment on a daily basis. We need to convince them about the valuable conservation work that has been going on and we need to convince the public to choose local decision makers wisely." "Our planet needs sustainability. Photographers can give a voice to the ones who cannot speak for themselves (before it is too late). Photographers can initiate change. That is my motivation and joy. It’s within the power of photography."