IN 2019 OLYMPUS
invited me to give a photo workshop in Zingst.
I thrive in challenging myself to bring new ideas and to present fresh material everytime. And as one can imagine it is easier said than done.
I have been cleaning, together with my family, the pathways to the beaches in my area. It started back in 2016 when my brother got married in Australia. I noticed (in a store) a bag with written on it "keep the roads clean" or something like that. It contained a reusable bag, some other red plastic bags and a pair of BBQ grill tongs. I brought it back home to my family and it sparked an ongoging interest.
I wanted to collect garbage in Zingst so I thought of combining the two into one: offer a garbage jewelry photo workshop. I was unsure about the idea and I didn't know if I would find any garbage at the Umweltfotofestival (environmental photo festival). I planned to be there four days in advance in order to find anything at all.
This is the paragraph which starts with: "To my surprise" I was two bags full by the end of day two. Shockingly I found most cigarette butts in front of the Max Hunten Haus.
I needed many small repetitive items to put together a necklace. So I went with the most obvious choice: the cigarette butts.
I was very suprised at how much stink they manage to retain. After several failed attempts to cover it with deodorant and hairspray, I was very glad to have the honor to work with such a brave model.
The workshops were a great success and a huge eye opener for all of us.
Model: Becca Werner
Makeup artist: Jacky Schwickert-Mayenfels
Sponsored by: Olympus Deutschland