Benjamin Von Wong Makes a Statement with Mermaids

 - Jun 16, 2017
References: blog.vonwong & huffingtonpost
Benjamin Von Wong is an artist known for the work he does in or around water, and he recently created a mermaid-themed photo series that makes a poignant statement about the current state of the world's oceans.

The series was created in a staged room, where Von Wong set up thousands of plastic bottles in various patterns. He then dressed his models up to look like mermaids, and placed them among the beautiful but simultaneously distressing patterns that the plastic waste forms. The resulting photographs reveal the frightening nature of the human practice of polluting oceans, and work to further the conversation around conservation.

This beautiful but stark imagery explores human action that leads to environmental pollution, and human inaction in trying to mitigate this issue.