Looking through Chris Jordan’s work wasn’t only really inspirational when it came to my own project, but it the statistics he supplies with each image were also really educational. It was really interesting to read about the amount of plastic bags in the ocean as well as to see those statistics alongside his physically embodiment of those numbers. Whilst thinking about what I wanted to do for myself I was reminded of a scene I’d seen in a horror movie years before. I couldn’t remember the title of the movie and nor was the movie itself or the genre relevant to what I had in mind but there was a scene that stuck out to me in which black hair grows in the corner of the ceiling of a room. Thinking back on that scene, the hair almost resembles thick black oil, another well-known polluter of the earth’s oceans due to human carelessness. I wanted to do something similar with plastic carrier bags to almost give the subtle impression of plastic bags growing and taking over an environment.
To do this I bought three large sheets of card on which I arranged and stuck down pieces of the various plastic bags that I had cut up and folded to put into place. It took me four days to complete all three sheets of card but this was mostly due to the fact that it quickly became a tedious task and I have a very short attention span.
Although I knew I wanted to take some corner shots, I also experimented with taking pictures of the plastic covered card itself, wanting to capture it in a variety of different ways. I used both flash and a tripod before deciding I found it much easier to take the images without a tripod and that the flash was reflecting off the plastic in a way I wasn’t happy with. I also experimented a little with taking pictures of screwed up and ripped up pieces of the bags themselves, taking inspiration from Vilde Rolfsen’s ‘Plastic Bags Landscapes’.