This series of 30 mobile images was taken during a brief, partly wonderful and partly dismal trip to Åland, Finland over summer, 2013. It is not meant to point a finger at the people who leave the trash heaps found here and there in the forests of that group of islands. The green loving Swedes dump trash in the woods in roughly the same way as the Finns, the Chinese, the Kenyans and the Americans. This is a human phenomenon. A very large portion of Manhattan Island’s coastline, as an example, is grounded on the trash of the 1700s and 1800s.
The point is that it happened, is happening, and I have documented it and am reporting. This is a case study in human nature. Everyone has their excuse, a pet evil they feed slowly when nobody is watching. This series is about the inheritance we receive in the form of a caged animal, a pet evil called litter, trash and garbage. (It isn’t without truth that we also call hardship from the past as emotional garbage.)
Somebody is going to have to clean it all up. But no matter. Here it is. I’m not going to rub it in or preach what you should do about it.
This mobile photography series was taken using my Samsung Galaxy S III native camera app and post processed with Snapseed. I have attempted to hold to a square format, though gladly deviated from this when an image spoke to me in rectangular form. Some shots used the macro setting, some few used flash. I chose a low contrast, high saturation theme for all images to bring out the extreme earth tones found both in nature and in the trash in nature. This was to place these two contradictory elements, nature and trash, on an equal playing field for the eye. I hope you enjoy them. I hope you do not enjoy them.