The important role of photography in preventing environmental pollution


Can photography also protect the environment? The answer is yes. Take China as an example. With China’s extensive manufacturing expansion reaching its limit, China’s status as a world factory has been established. However, when the per capita GDP reached a moderately developed level of 5,000 US dollars, China also entered a peak of environmental pressure.

If the previous environmental pollution was only a local phenomenon, it is now a nationwide phenomenon. The national haze weather since the beginning of winter in 2019 has revealed the severity of China’s environmental pollution and extreme ecological vulnerability.

This article will show the garbage or polluted areas in life through photography. Pollution is produced in our lives. If we take pictures of the surrounding environment, we can show it well.

Artist’s photography

British artist Richard Wentworth (1947-present) is a leading member of the New England Sculpture Movement. In addition to making sculptures, he is also keen to search for sculptures through photography. Their form and the way of dialogue with space is like an independent work of art.

If Charles’s photographs are only viewed one by one, there may not be much brilliance, but when we exhibit thousands of them, we will see a huge scene of human social life.

This picture can see that the fence built by humans will destroy the entire tree. Richard Wentworth used a very intuitive method to show us that because humans need the protection of fences, the construction of fences will not stop, and the trees are already luxuriant and cannot be uprooted. They can only keep pressing on the trees until the trees are covered with bruises. In fact, at the beginning of the 20th century, there were approximately 31 million square miles (50 million square kilometers) of forest in the world. Today, this number has shrunk to less than 25 million square miles (40 million square kilometers).

This photography shows a scene where an ordinary plastic cup is randomly inserted into the iron fence. Some people may think that small plastic cups will have no effect, but they do not realize that the white pollution caused by such plastics is one of the most difficult problems for mankind. The world produces about 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, of which more than 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean, which is equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. In addition, about 1 trillion plastic bags and 200 billion plastic bottles are used globally every year. Plastic bags and bottles that are difficult to degrade will exist in nature for hundreds of years.

Since 2000, the global consumption of plastic products has been equivalent to the total consumption of all years before 2000, and one-third of the plastics were dumped in the natural environment. And plastic waste will enter the human body through water. The main raw materials of plastic bags used daily are polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride. When people come into contact with vinyl chloride, they will experience symptoms such as swollen wrists and fingers, skin hardening, and splenomegaly and liver damage.


Even though, these photographs might not change the behaviors of humans, but it will still raise awareness among people. Also, a good photography can let people reflect on them self as well as spreading and sharing these works if they agree with the theme that are behind.

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