I live close to the River Clyde and there is a small stretch of shore along which I walk on a fairly regular basis, always taking my camera with me.  It has become habit to seek out beautiful, natural elements of my surroundings and using focus and framing, eliminate the signs of litter and other pollution washed up with the tide.  Recently it dawned on me that this was incredibly dishonest.  To pretend that I live in some kind of idyll when actually the variety and volume of debris that litters the beach is sometimes quite overwhelming wasn't sitting well with me and so I decided to document my findings in a more honest manner.  I determined that for every photograph of something beautiful that I made, I would also make one of something that shouldn't have been there.  However I intended to make these photographs with the same approach to aesthetics that I would have done for something natural.  This way, perhaps, when people saw the images of rubbish, framed as if they were somehow precious, or intriguing, they might question what they were doing on the beach.  


After a couple of weeks, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find beautiful, natural scenes of beauty on this particular patch of the river.  The council had cut back all the undergrowth and so where before I might have found glistening cobwebs or jewel-like raindrops, leaves or flowers, there was very little to photograph that wasn't rubbish.  I decided that the 1:1 ratio of natural versus pollutant was no longer working for me and that instead, I should simply photograph what I found and perhaps reflect the true magnitude of the problem.  Of course, this is not entirely possible.  There is far more rubbish on the beach and the path that runs alongside it than I could photograph in a lifetime, and it never stops coming.  Additionally, photography is a selective exercise and not every piece of rubbish will make an aesthetically pleasing image.  However it is my intent to continue to document the problem and encourage people to consider more carefully how they dispose of the things they no longer want or need.