We are born into a world where we fight to create control over nature. We have moulded the environment to suit our needs and to protect ourselves from the world around us. We have a disastrous impact on the planet we live on. The idea of us, the only species to effect the environment so badly is impressive and oppressive at the same time.
In the latest David’s Attenborough documentary "A life on Our planet", he reflected on how the earth has changed over his lifetime. He has been promoting the issue for years and has stated - "This is not about saving our planet, it's about saving ourselves.” Words that sparked my curiosity.
From there I have embarked on a journey to explore and discover the fragility of our climate and the impact we have had on our planet on my own. To answer the questions, how does it affect me? How do I picture the issue myself? If it’s about saving ourselves, which place would I be most devastated to lose? These aspects have led me to explore a lifelong fascination with Dunes.
Lithuanian dunes have been photographed and closely documented in the second half of the 20th century. Throughout the years the dunes have shifted their shape. I have witnessed this phenomenon myself after visiting the same dunes in The Curonian Spit, Lithuania. I have noticed small changes in the area every year until one day it became unrecognisable in comparison to my early memories.
Unfortunately, dunes have been suffering negative effects due to our interactions with the landscape. Gradually degrading the height of the dunes by approximately 50cm a year, thereby pushing the sand into the sea. Our human interference with dunes had the devastating effect of accelerating the change in the same way our actions continue to cause global warming.
In my photographic investigation, I chose to showcase a different possible perspective on the sufferings of the dunes and nature that the world we live in is suffering from the effects of global warming and negative human interaction. These images are my responses to questions I have raised at the beginning of the investigation.