Photographer Muntaka Chasant has documented 1000’s of washed-up garments on a seashore in Africa, laying naked the environmental impression of quick style.
Chasant tells Petapixel that he took a “beating” from the waves in Ghana to seize the highly effective and thought-provoking images.
“I needed to step within the water to seize many of the scenes which gave me a thrashing,” explains Chasant.
“Documenting discarded undesirable garments is a part of my long-term concentrate on the geographies of waste — to spotlight the environmental price and burden of quick style.”
The disturbing footage taken within the Ghanaian capital metropolis of Accra, present big piles of sodden clothes strewn over the sand. Lots of the objects are thought to have been imported from america and the UK, in addition to different rich nations.
Ghana is residence to a thriving second-hand garments trade the place undesirable Western garments are shipped for resale and repurpose — however the African nation is now struggling to deal with demand.
The clothes, recognized regionally as “Obroni W’awu” translated as “useless white man’s garments,” are donated by well-meaning Westerners and locals will obtain them within the hope that they uncover a couple of good-quality finds to promote on. Something that they can’t promote is dumped on the banks of the Odaw River, which is sadly synonymous with air pollution.
As a lot as 40 % of the deserted garments that arrive within the West African state find yourself being dumped on this approach and the issue is worsening due to novelty “one-off” outfits and low-quality quick style objects rising. It additionally has a knock-on impact to Ghana’s personal textile and design sectors with native merchants unable to compete with the deluge of low-cost clothes coming in from abroad.
Chasant used DJI Air 2s for the aerial photographs and a Sony a7R III with a 24-105mm f/4 hooked up.
The Ghana-based documentary photographer focuses on “city marginality, geographies of waste, human-environment interplay, and new and rising challenges.” He focuses on town of Accra, exhibiting the world the air pollution in locations such because the Korle Lagoon the place 1000’s of single-use plastic waste are dumped and seep into the ocean.
Go to Chasant’s web site to view extra of his work.
Picture credit: All photographs by Muntaka Chasant.