Written and photographed by Gabriella Wyke
I am a 23-year-old artist from Trinidad and Tobago currently residing in Atlanta. I am pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in photography at SCAD. I am interested in sharing my personal experiences with the inevitability of change, the dance experience and the global issues that affect us all.
Pollution in our world has always been a huge issue and is a threat that I do not think many people take seriously. However, our constant disregard for the condition of our home and of other creatures that live among us is only making it worse.
In this series titled “Decoy,” I chose to highlight the perspective of the sea creature that is constantly bombarded by foreign materials in the ocean; plastic being one of them. Often time when these creatures see this material, they mistake it for food and sustain several injuries that often lead to death.
Like costume jewelry, when light reflects off of plastic, it can be very attractive to the eye and thus a trap for the creatures that may think it is something edible. By highlighting this global problem I hope to inspire an active change of hearts and trigger a sense of urgency when it comes to reducing the global rate of pollution.