Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya.com
The word “mermaid” probably got your attention, right? Photographer Benjamin Von Wong has recently released photos from a photo shoot concerning plastic pollution using 10,000 plastic bottles. It wasn’t just another creative photography project because aside from being epic, it was something of a deeper purpose.
The behind-the-scenes video showed how they collected the 10,000 bottles to start with. They went through the cleaning, preparation and set designing, too. The setup was made in an warehouse space. He brought designers, makeup artists, and all the volunteers together to be able to put up the photos on the internet. Von Wong has managed to pull it all off through everyone’s cooperation, as the video showed how challenging it was to do the shoot.
His advocacy basically is about the proper use and disposal of plastic bottles. In 60 years, a single human would have used 10,000 plastic bottle. It takes approximately 450 years for one plastic bottle to degrade. With the people’s carelessness in proper disposal, it could pollute the oceans, outnumbering the fishes, thus the project. He wants to raise awareness through something that could catch one’s attention. At the same time, he wanted the people to realize that something really is wrong. “In this case, all I knew was that plastic pollution was a boring topic and I had to find a way to make it more interesting”, says Von Wong.
In the photos, the mermaid (who may be representing humans, too), swims in a sea of plastic bottles. We would not like that to happen, that is why this project, using the hashtag #MermaidHatePlastic, aims to make you pledge to reuse plastic bottles.
Vong Wong’s team suspended Sony mirrorless cameras and controlled them through an app called Play Memories. As a photographer, Von Wong probably does not aim to get fame from his work, but to make people realize what could happen in the future.
Von Wong is known for his epic creative photography, as seen on this project. He has a background in engineering, which makes it convenient for him to creatively show his art through unique and complex concepts. His latest projects are currently focusing on conservation.
For more information, visit Von Wong’s website.