TIFA 2023 Editorial / Environmental

Proudly Australian

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Aardenburg & De Vries
  • Photo Date
    September 2022

Australia is known for its beautiful, varied landscapes and grandness. I made a roadtrip of over 4,500 kilometers straight through the outback; from Adelaide, via Alice Springs, to Brisbane. Here, in addition to the beauty of this immense land, the pollution caused by man was striking. Wherever I stopped it was littered with waste; from plastic bottles to cans, from fast food wrappers to glass. Plastic does not decompose, it gradually breaks down into smaller and smaller plastic parts. All those pieces never decompose and are really everywhere: in water, soil and air. Cans are also polluting.

Jacqueline and Rosanne are a photographic duo “Aardenburg & De Vries” based in the Netherlands. With backgrounds in styling, design and commercial imagery, their works combine aspiration and realization – photographs that are both surreal and believable. The themes that are central to our photography are sustainability, up-cycling and an open mind. We make documentaries about (litter) waste and also create settings for our own fine art photos. These photos always have some absurdness or surrealism in it.