It can take some plastic items hundreds of years to biodegrade.
Helium balloons in particular are a hazard to seas and to cattle. In exchange for a short and ‘beautiful’ release, the balloons return to earth to pollute even the most remote of places. There is currently no ban in this country, but some counties are considering it.
In the UK many plastic bags are now biodegradable and thanks to single-use bag tax, the use of them has declined by 86% (stat from UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs , Dec 2018).
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”
Vincent Van Gogh
Painterly glass across England and Scotland on 35mm film.
In summer 2016, with a clinically induced burn and broken heart, I could not ignore the cool, soothing call of the sea. Little did I know that the universe had it all mapped out. All I needed to do was wait 3 years.
Emma swam the English channel to raise awareness of Endometriosis. Her swimming coach told her to always be ready for the call to swim. The channel conditions were not ready for her swim for 3 months. I took photos of her #waitingforthecall.
“Endometriosis is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women and it still takes to this day an average of 7.5 years to diagnose. 7.5 years! I’ve taken part in fundraising activities pretty much my entire adult life, so my events would now raise funds for Endometriosis UK.
Half a million women stopped swimming in last decade, we must reverse this trend! The benefits of exercise are well known and swimming is such a great way of keeping fit and keeping joints healthy. I am sad and angry that people stop swimming because of body image issues... if I can convince friends, colleagues or strangers to get back to the pool, I'll be a happy woman”
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Not My Face Please
My mother almost died a few months after a straight forward eye operation. She is now registered partially sighted and learning how to live independently with her limited vision. These photos were taken with a number of different cameras over a 2 year period. With thanks to The Eye Fund.
Most of the homes I have lived in throughout Germany and England have been next to railway lines.