Plastic Ocean

A photographic project by Carlos de Paz on marine pollution

24
Nov
2023
23
Mar
2024

Plastic Ocean is a photographic project about sea pollution which turnes dirt and waste into an object of artistic recreation.

A regular practitioner of open water swimming, in Carlos de Paz's photographs there is an evident critical intentionality towards the pollution of the coastline, and also an interest in artistically exploring the consequences of that pollution.

The camera approaches the debris floating in the waves or moving submerged on the seabed like fickle wrecks, filthy remains that should never have ended up there. But before the photographer's eyes, and before our own, they become the subject of composition - and of photographic reflection. The objects and the sea move, they do not remain static, and the same thing happens to the photographer. This swaying of waters and bodies ends up creating a kind of symbiosis with the environment that makes his images acquire a certain informalist expressiveness that does not exclude trompe l'oeil: suddenly we see a submerged bottle that looks like a spaceship in the vicinity of the earth's atmosphere, a mask that resembles the bow of a ship, or a plastic waste that feigns the appearance of a jellyfish or a coral.

The photographic exhibition is accompanied by a book of poems by Fernando Beltrán

Actividad promovida y financiada por la Conseyería de Cultura, Política Llinguística y Turismu del Gobiernu del Principáu d'Asturies

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