Summer sun tan

A tan is the result of radiation damage to skin cells. Contrary to belief, there is no such thing as a safe tan and the Italian's don't appear to have caught on (and they are not the only ones). With their heads buried in the sand, and the sun warming up their core, the population is thoroughly roasted every August when the office doors close for the summer break. The disrespect shown towards the suns radiation is embarrassing.

Sun exposure can't be avoided, but the quantity these people are soaking every summer season is destructive. Plus their precious red/brown coat is used to judge everyone who played it sun smart. Encouraging the uninformed to make poor choices for the coming seasons. Tanning could not be more popular and the social pressure is immense (having experienced it first hand).

The example we set today, will set the precedence for a healthier future.

My voice comes in the form of photography, I lack the ability to communicate my concerns in words (I have tried) and chose to show the extreme damage the everyday person is inflicting on themselves visually. 

Reference,

Melanoma Research Foundation, https://www.melanoma.org

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China's Building Blocks

As factory executives in the sky scraper cities profit, youths are forced into production factories working for slave labour wages trying to support their families in neighbouring villages. China's growth and infrastructure has come at a cost.

Factory towns hidden away from tourist hot sports are fitted with suicide nets in the stairwells, the windows are to small to jump from and production workers line up in the morning with their heads to the ground ready for their daily quota. And with quiet whispers in the corridors suggesting live organ harvesting is happening right under our noses, it is no surprise a smile is a rare gift amongst the production labour force.

The separation between the classes in China is beyond disgusting and I am still trying to decide if I have been fortunate or unfortunate to have been witness. As the saying goes, 'ignorance is bliss'. 

New Zealand, the place I called home at the time has limited mass production capacity (usually with premium prices not competitive in the international market), and since China built its empire surrounding mass production, offshore manufacturing is an easy commercial decision for those with their heads buried in sand. 

Not knowing what to do at the time (visiting as an engineering representative), I picked up my camera and started this project to illustrate the gap in the Chinese society. So the next time you purchase an item with the infamous 'made in china' sticker, keep in mind the people on the production line marching to the beat of the consumer drum.

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Turkeys Colours

Turkey is defined by its passionate people with a love for spices and multi coloured culture. But the country struggles with an uncertain future. Increasing unemployment and rising tensions from refugees arriving at the border from Syria in search for a safe haven has elevated local discontent. With no integration plan for the arriving refugees, the struggle looks to be far from over. The locals showed great compassion in-front of the camera, and welcomed the opportunity to be heard.

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Out with the new and in with the old

Out with the new and in with the old, the vintage trend has steam rolled through society and launched a sub culture embraced by the bold. The idea is simple, visit an OP-shop to grab a bargain or indulge in  designer pieces tailor made to comfort your imagination. Adding a little vintage flare to your closet is a fantastic way to stand out from the norm, self-expression through fashion runs deep through the veins of society and the embrace deserves to be celebrated.   

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Ink

One man’s skin is another’s canvas. The booming tattoo trend racing through society is bewildering. Tattooing was once a key component of cultural and religious ceremonies used to identify belonging and rank. However, with the introduction of laser tattoo removal, the once permanent nature of the ink is no longer a pressing concern. In-effect, opening the floodgates to a new form of re-workable personalization in rampant demand.

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