Article by Rachel, Level 2 Creative Photography Qualification learner
I have been passionate about eco concerns for a few years now, and as a result have been learning about the need to waste less of resources on the whole. Food waste is recognised a key contributor to climate change, so combined with heightened demand on food banks and significant changes still required to end worldwide poverty it remains a contentious topic all round.
I wanted to provide captivating images to accompany social media content or articles on the subject, with a view that photographing food waste in a way that showed the quality of what was being discarded would help to attract a new audience, who possibly had not given it much thought previously.
I hope that my images have provoked intrigue and encouraged people to rethink their own choices, while also giving them the tools to invite others into this important conversation.
This subject was rejected due to its small size and irregular shape, however they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and given the right treatment it is striking. The undulations and divots make it akin to a gold nugget, ironic considering it was otherwise destined for the compost heap!
This subject was part of a crop that had been caught in a hail storm in the early stages of growth, leaving it with the blemish highlighted here. This may have left a small dent in the fruit, but it has also created an interesting pattern surrounding it. The size, shape and taste of the fruit was also unhindered by the hail storm, so for it to be rejected for a small, singular scar was quite shocking to me.
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