All the Fish in the Sea
Every year, billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world’s oceans. At current rates, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050. All the fish. Outweighed. Our collective disregard for the impact of plastic on the environment has left us on the brink of disaster.
When plastic first entered the market several decades ago, cheap production costs for manufacturers and convenience for consumers were considered a winning combination. As the environmental price of this convenience has become clear, we have done little to curb our use of plastic, and remain dependent on plastic as a cheap and seemingly necessary convenience.
Our relationship with plastic must change. Current discourse revolves around consumers curbing their consumption habits, sometimes with a nudge from the government, and maybe a local ban on plastic bag use. At best, these discussions and ordinances may create a minimal decrease in the consumption of certain plastic products. Any truly impactful solution can only be achieved by regulating production worldwide.
It is estimated that two million plastic bags are used worldwide every minute. I used one of those bags in these photographs of my daughters and myself. We all know that we should recycle, reduce, and reuse. Have I improved the world that I am leaving to my children by reusing this plastic bag?
Sally Bousquet captures images that contemplate the complexities inherent in our modern world. Using a combination of traditional photography in-camera multiple exposure techniques, her photographs range from intricate and layered to bold and straightforward. With each photographic project, Bousquet performs a new investigation of her relationship with reality.
Originally from Connecticut, Bousquet relocated to Massachusetts in 2012. This geographic change provided her with the opportunity to put her career as a lawyer on the back burner and employ her camera to create order in her new surroundings. She continues to use the people and places that she encounters on a daily basis as the focus for many of her projects.
Bousquet is a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, where she has twice been named Artist of the Year. She is also a juried member of the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, and a member of the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. In addition to frequent showings in the Boston area, her photographs have been displayed in galleries across the United States, and have appeared internationally in London, Moscow, Athens and Rome. Her work was recently featured on the cover of Artscope Magazine. Bousquet lives outside of Boston with her husband and two daughters.
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