Photography 101: Swarm

Today’s assignment is swarm:

Swarm: to fly off together in a group, as bees; to move about in great numbers, as things or persons.
Observe before you click. As you watch your scene, think of a few different photos that can tell the story of the scene. Focus on a few details in different parts of the scene, and see what speaks to you.

Just a few weeks ago I took some photos at Sculpture by the Sea that starts in Bondi on the shoreline and heads through to Tamarama. There I did see a sculpture that had a multitude (or swarm)ย of plastic bottle caps, all clustered together, held there by plastic cables. This sculpture signifies all the waste from overconsumption in the world that ends up in our oceans.

overconsumption1Overconsumption – plastic lids and plastic cables.

“My work focuses on the impact that recycled materials have on the environment.
With overconsumption I am focusing on the mountains of the plastic that float around
the oceans which are getting bigger and bigger every year. It is estimated that these
mountains increase by weight by 7 million kg every year.

Much of this floatingย rubbish is plastic and wood. Everything made from plastic can be found inย these
mountains even tooth brushes”

Kerrie Argent Western Australia

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  1. This is better than the Loch Ness monster ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the idea and the execution.

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  2. This is such a sad commentary on mankind. I hope it had the effect it should on everyone. So glad you captured it!

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  3. Great take on the theme. Love the bright colors.

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  4. That’s amazing!! I’ve never heard of this. Excellent swarm!

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  5. So beautiful this Swarm of colorful beads is ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Loved your photo and interpretation of the assignment.

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  7. What a cool photo and great interpretation. I lived in Sydney for four years and used to love the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition so this is also a lovely remonder, thank you!

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  8. Great. I love that last shot: wonderful Dof and the colours are fantastic (in all of your shots).

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  9. Neat! Love the closeup shots. I saw a similar design as well in WA’s sculpture by the sea exhibit. Unfortunately, i didnt take the time to realise what it meant back then, so thank you for bringing it to light!

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  10. Can you hear us cheering? This is great! Plastic is just so deadly…

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    • Haha thanks so much 2 geeks ๐Ÿ™‚ it was a very interesting piece that really hits home about waste and where it ends up. A very visual one. Glad you liked it.


      • Yes, thanks. The trouble with plastic in our oceans, however, is that it never “ends up.” It breaks down and is fatally ingested by birds, turtles and other critters. You’ll probably like this book (fun reading about a disturbing topic): “Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,8000 Bath Toys Lost as Sea and the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them”. True! 28,800 yellow rubber duckies fell off a container ship from China– bobbing their merry (!) way through Alaska, to the Atlantic and beyond. :)

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      • Thanks will check that one out. How bizarre


  11. Great take on the theme and really interesting photos – wish the colours hadn’t been quite so bright – a washed out look may have suggested this was found, recycled plastic. Only IMO ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Beautiful sculpture via your lens! Powerful messages through the sculpture! Thank you, Kaz.

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  13. Really great interpretation with a good message too. Amazing photos and colours!


  14. An greatt shot of a wonderfully thought provoking sculpture. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all the colours!

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  15. Interesting and thought provoking photos with a reminder to us all about our environment – and perfect for the assignment.

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  16. To me, one of the photos looks like a mermaid laying in despair on the beach. Maybe all the bottle caps she used were obtained through a recycling project. That would still let them be bright.

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  17. You post the most interesting shots, Karen! Great interpretation of the theme and educational at the same time. Amazingly sad the destruction we humans do…

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  18. Amazing sculpture. It always amazes me where people draw their inspiration from.

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