Since 1999 Richard and Judith Lang have focused their attention on just 1000 yards of tide line where they have collected plastic washing ashore on Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Although the news about plastic pollution is dire, they bring the excitement of scouting for treasures and the pleasure of the creative life to an otherwise difficult topic.
Exhibition - The True Cost of Plastic
March 22- April 28, 2013 Gallery Route One Point Reyes Station
Of late we have turned our attention to a somber bit of plastic jetsam. Through the years we have amassed quite a collection of toy soldiers—to date , well over 200 washing in from Japan, Korea, China, and washing down gutters from our San Francisco Bay Area home. Wracked by a long life at sea, some of the faces are gnarled, chewed on, abraded by the sand. When we looked into the tiny faces we were amazed by their expressions. Each soldier is a poignant reminder of the ravages of war and the extremes to which nations will go to preserve dominion over the petrochemical world.
In The True Cost of Plastic,we presented large-scale photographs of toy soldiers, a re-enactment of a battle scene, and some of our rare and amazing pieces of plastic collected from Kehoe Beach.
To achieve the detail required to tell the story, we used a Phase One FX digital back on a 4 x 5 camera. We are able to achieve a 6000% enlargement with no pixelation in the final print. The images are printed on 100% rag paper with pigment inks for excellent longevity.
We are dedicated to expressing the narrative of life and have found the creation of images of the human visage the most compelling way to tell stories about that journey.
Our soldiers fending off the onslaught of plastic-