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Category Archives: air pollution

the release of chemicals and particulates into the atmosphere

by Pierre Torset from his “Shipbreaking” project

“Shipbreaking is a controversial industry.

It used to be a highly mechanized operation, concentrated in industrialized countries. But in order to maximize profits, in the 80s ship owners began sending their vessels to the scrap yards of India (Alang), Pakistan or Bangladesh, where salary, health, safety and working standards are minimal, and workers are desperate for work”

– Pierre Torset

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by Ollie Woods from “Red star, black gold” project on lensculture

“I had come to a remote part of north eastern China to photograph one of the last working steam railways left in the world”

– Ollie Woods
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by Jo Syz from his “Coal River Mountain” project

“‘Coal River Mountain’ is an ongoing photographic project that records landscapes and communities affected by Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining (MTR) in the Appalachian Mountains. West Virginia is one of the poorest states in America, with one of the most bio diverse forestlands in the world. The practice of Mountain Top Removal, to extract coal for domestic electricity production, has destroyed thousands of acres of mountain wilderness in this region”

– Jo Syz

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by Misty Keasler from her “Guatemala City Dump” project

“A friend told me about the Guatemala City Dump when he heard I was planning my trip. He said there were many people and children living inside the dump. I made a point to see the dump before returning to the states.
I returned the following December, expressly to spend photographing the dump. It ended up being the most difficult project I have ever worked on, both visually and emotionally.
The dump itself was visually challenging. The whole thing was horribly ugly.”

– Misty Keasler

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by Michael Trenerry from his project “Dundoras Dump”

“Dundoras Dump is located on the outskirts of Nairobi and is in the middle of several residential slum neighbourhoods. The area is divided into five phases. Phase One being the furthest from the dumpsite and Phase Five being next to the dump and the most dangerous.
The area is approximately two and a half square kilometers in size and is home to over 3000 jobs. The people working in the dumpsite do so by their own means. They claim areas and essentially spend their day sorting through either plastic, metal or any other recyclable materials. The health concerns are incredibly high with immense levels of methane in the air.
Children, women and men collect rubbish in their areas & theyn carry them to weight stations where they collect cash for their find in. Most are lucky to make a dollar or two per day.
When rubbish is dumped, intense odours spread through the tip alongside methane from the back of the truck. Most workers within the site have skin infections and once infected can easily lead to other diseases.
Sadly, this wasteland is home to many people. They work, eat and sleep within the dumpside”.

Michael Trenerry

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