Waste land

PhotographerJasper Doest
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyDoest Photography
City/CountryVlaardingen, Netherlands
Photo Date2011-2014
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

Jasper Doest is a Dutch photographer who works at the intersection between man and the nature while creating visual stories that provide an insight in the non-human lives we share this planet with. As an ecology major Jasper knows human life depends on everything our planet has to offer, yet he recognises the unsustainable nature of the current human patterns of consumption. Through his photographic work he gives a voice to the natural world and tries to bridge the gap between the natural world and ourselves.