Laura Chen

Lauren Chen was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Chen’s accompanying text to the artwork:

I’m originally from The Netherlands, but came to England for my studies. I’ve been here for three years now and during my stay in Birmingham I’ve noticed the effects of the city’s industrial heritage, especially in Digbeth. This part of the city is full of car parks, factories and abandoned buildings. Though this area is now considered to be one of the main creative centres in the city, the effects of mechanical production and manufacturing are still very noticeable. 

I took these pictures on a disposable camera to capture the mood of this part of town. I used a disposable camera as a metaphor of the waste that’s disposed and spread across the city.

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Maniba Zariat

Maniba Zariat was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Zariat’s accompanying text to the artwork:

‘They Came, They Saw, They Left’ We leave behind the damage we do. Uncovering the forgotten areas in Kashmir, Pakistan I reflected upon how much of what humans want is a fleeting desire in comparison to the lasting damage to land and residents. 

‘Mother Nature vs Mankind’ The movement of humans towards a land often brings up two opposing forces, the desires of humans at the expense of the safeguarding of Earth. 

Wasteland on Motherland’ When we cannot respect the environment how can we respect ourselves? Not only are pollutants and waste causing adverse changes to the environment, but they are also causing adverse changes to humans.

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Rajed Choudhury

Rajed Choudhury was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Choudhury’s accompanying text to the artwork:

These photographs are from my journeys from England to Georgia, Italy and Romania. I photographed images that suggested a deeper meaning of discarded remnants. I was interested in the boundary between a man-made structure, nature and the tension created. I hope to have captured structures which are poetic to their surroundings but hint at menace and damage to the environment.

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Alice Evans

Alice Evans was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Evans’ accompanying text to the artwork:

The works have been made in reaction to an over consuming world in which we are lead to believe that growth is success, and striving for more is the only way to be happy. The clothing featured in the pictures have been designed and made by myself from plastic packaging waste, aiming to challenge attitudes towards something which is usually just thrown away. 

A lot of green issues could be solved if people stopped over indulging and were more aware of the impact their actions are having on the natural world.

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Cassie Senn

Cassie Senn was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Senn’s accompanying text to the artwork:

This set of studio images highlight the destruction that mankind is doing to the environment and planet, especially deforestation. The inspiration for this set of images came from my love of travelling and real passion for geography which I am now studying at the University of Birmingham. 

Through creating these images I wanted to combine real world issues which are very important to me with photography and my love for art and making powerful images. 

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Jade Tomes-Morgan

Jade Tomes-Morgan was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Tomes-Morgan’s accompanying text to the artwork:

I took these photos largely around the area I live, in our local natural spaces that we are slowly losing. I wanted to keep it simple, people shouldn’t have to see a hard hitting image to be reminded that they would rather see flowers than dead earth. The images contrast the good and the bad showing each simply, because beauty is simple. Which side would you rather be natural?

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Charotte Allen

Charlotte Allen was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Allen’s accompanying text to the artwork:

One of my joys in being a gardener is the participation in the life cycle, from sowing seeds to recycling organic matter into compost. By composting organic materials we can connect inputs and outputs and create a positive feedback loop. 

Kitchen and garden waste that is put into a compost bin will become compost that can be used to grow fruit and vegetables which we can eat. The process of growth, death, decay, finalising in new soil fills me with awe. It saddens me to think that 7.7 million tonnes of the UK’s biodegradable waste is sent to landfill each year (DEFRA 2018).

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Charlie Clewer

Charlie Clewer was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

This is Clewer’s accompanying text to the artwork:

I enjoy walking around the areas of Birmingham which were once home to thriving industries in the 19th and 20th centuries. One thing I have noticed is that no matter where I visit, and no matter how derelict these areas have become, nature is always present. 

My images were taken in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter at War Lane Cemetery and show that even in the middle of a built up area with an industrial history, greenery and nature are still present and have been given the opportunity to thrive. 

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