I’ve been wanting to make these sorts of things for a very long time, and finally I have the opportunity to do so. I’m really excited to do two things at once: one, create something that people can use to promote protecting the environment; two, educate with a real example. A sample of the products:
ABlyth Art Series, Burning Skies & Yokkaichi Skies products
This photo of the ventilation towers was taken in Yokkaichi Japan, which was once the most polluted cities in the country. The most prominent problem was in the 1960’s to 1980’s was “Yokkaichi Asthma”. The cause was SOx being released from the petrochemical plants at the harbour where this photo was taken. Today, Yokkaichi people enjoy cleaner air and water, because of a change in government and corporate policies; a change that can be done anywhere in the world. Japan’s major petrochemical companies, oil imports, and petrol refineries are still in Yokkaichi, and are still in operation, but with filters, cleaners, and improved operation standards. There were really three groups involved, the public, government, and corporations, and it was the public that forced the government and corporations to re-align their priorities.
The message has been made into t-shirts for both men and women, into bags that can be worn over your jumpers/sweaters, and with and without text. Consider getting the no-text version, and write your own message over the top with white paint.
Fall of Nature is an art and an awareness raising project. Of course the viewer is free to interpret the images as he or she wishes, but the intention is to highlight how nature is being replaced by commercialism, consumerism, and suffers from urban encroachment. The collection is currently available on my PhotoShelter portfolio at Fall of Nature. You can order prints and products of the digitally scanned versions of the images at my PhotoShelter portfolio, but at extra cost of money and time, you can order organic, analogue prints direct from the film (unframed). That is to say, none of the images have had any digital manipulation, and may contain dust specks, grain, scratches, and other charisma. The images you see are about exactly as they print from the 35mm negative. These images were shot on Kodak Ekta 100, with a Minolta Alpha 7, on two different days at Tado mountains in Mie prefecture, and Meieki & Sakae wards in Nagoya city of Aichi prefecture.
According to the BBC and NHK, TEPCO has released radioactive water that is 100 times the legal limit into the Pacific Ocean. In previous nuclear incidents, TEPCO had deceived the public and safety regulators, and in the current crisis has been accused by the current Japanese Prime Minister for not being clear and upfront. TEPCO claims that this release is of low-level radioactive water. TEPCO also stresses that eating seafood caught or harvested from near the plant will result in very, very low levels of radioactive intake, barely above natural background-radiation levels. They make this claim presumably on the judgement that the water will be quickly dispersed and immediately diluted and without consequence to sea life. The release comes as TEPCO officials admitted that they have a lot of water in the basement of reactor number two, that has radiation levels many, many times higher than what is normally found inside a normal reactor core. Speculation from independent experts suggests that this highly radioactive water is as a result of melted rods from the core some weeks ago. View this and other sea-related pictures at my PhotoShelter portfolio.