The Real Monster at Loch Ness Series

Artist Statement:
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” (Jane Goodall).

In 1933, Hugh Gray’s image was the first photograph to allegedly depict the Loch Ness monster. Since then many alleged sightings have occurred, however its existence remains unproven. This project investigates plastics and other litter waste found at Loch Ness, Scotland (an inland body of water). The fact that these objects existed there, left or thrown away by people, is perhaps a small piece of evidence that a monster does indeed exist. A monster that many of us do not notice.

More recently, it is claimed that by 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016). This statement should worry us all, surely, we would be right to be concerned about our oceans and support in any way that we can any relevant preventative action. However, perhaps we need to be careful not to turn all our attention away from our inland bodies of water.

“When you make the finding yourself – even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light – you’ll never forget it” (Carl Sagan).  

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Loch Ness Vista
Red Piece
Water Canteen Top
Glass Stem
Tic Tac Box
White Top
Blue Top
Orange Piece
Black Lid
Metal Bottle Top
Can 2
Ice Bag
White Board
Crisp Packet
Water Bottle
Water Bottle 2
Blue Top 2
Meal Deal
Orange Peg
Blue Piece
Tin Foil
Logo Badge
Beer Bottle
Chewing Gum
Captured Exhibition Display
9 Shots of the Real Monster at Loch Ness – Compostion