This is the first photomontage that I created, I intended to create it so it is visually inspiring with the use of calm and neutral colours and imagery to emulate the beauty of nature.
The vibrant and positive colours used in the montage assist in illustrating a joyful stage in a human being’s (particularly a woman’s) life. The pregnant woman appears to be elevatad, relaxed and in harmony with her surroundings. In addition, the glowing butterflies and flowers add energy to the illustration.
This is the second photomontage I created, it is again an illustration of the beauty of nature and represents the fact that all forms of nature work together and are dependant on one another. A statement one may form when noticing the dolphin to be carrying a pregnant woman across the sea.
The birds appear to be flying back towards the tree where their nest may be located. Again, this illustrates one life form relying on another.
The polaroid version of the same montage is merely to emphasize on the dolphin and the woman and bring the user’s attention towards that, especially with the hand holding the polaroid.
Here is the third montage that I created, it is a stark contrast of nature and the effect that man’s lifestyle and often preventable disasters is having on it.
The dead lion that is about to be collected by the tractor reflects the reckless attitude and lifestyle that man has adopted towards nature. The lifeless tree is about to be stood on which also adds to support this statement. Also, the ground and the tree is still colourful whereas the sky is not, this is to illustrate that the pollution from our daily activities is having a devastating effect on nature. Also, the airplane and the nuclear reactors represent the lack of ethical responsibilities held by corporations who only seem to care about their profit margins. Furthermore, the tornadoes and the lightning add to the gloomy effect and were placed to represent the natural consequences of our modern yet destructive way of life.
The fourth and final photomontage again represents the destruction of nature.
This time it focuses on the marine life being affected, the oil rigs are leaking and dead sharks are being drifted onto the shore. The waste dump is also affecting the marine life and polluting the environment.
This montage could have had a better layout as the images appear too crowded and unlike the other montages, the images here don’t seem to fit with one another.
Here is the link to the tutorial used to create the polaroid effect as shown on the photomontage below.
Many other techniques have also been applied here such as layering and adding filter effects such as drop shadow to create the end result.
Here is the original
Industrial Disaster – Bhopal, India
Another example is the gas leak devastation that occurred on 2nd December 1984 in Bhopal, India. The leak of hazardous gas and other chemicals from a pesticide plant resulted in the exposure of hundreds of thousands of people. Along with the human casualties, this also had an effect on the environment as the toxic waste around the plant had contaminated the soil and groundwater. The water used by the locals in that area was tested and the results showed that it contained nearly 1,000 times the World Health Organization’s recommended maximum amount of pollutants known to cause cancer and liver damage.
Several convictions and sanctions have been made against the company that owned the plant at the time. (Source: bbc.co.uk/news)
Waste and Landfill sites – A contribution to nature’s destruction
Disposal of waste at these allocated sites exist in several locations around the world. Guiyu is China’s biggest site for electronic waste and also reported to be the world’s second-most polluted place due to the hazardous methods used for recycling metals and also because of the pollution from the waste itself.
Striking images like the one above is evidence that more needs to be done in terms of authorities placing more pressure on corporations to fulfill their commitment towards ethical manufacturing and recycling and to promote more sustainable and durable products. Also, similarly laws and regulations should be in place for consumers to prevent dumping and fly-tipping as this creates more pollution.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Known as the worlds biggest landfill, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is filled with pieces of plastic and is serverely harming the marine life