Below I have included a few images from Stephen Wilkes' series, "Remnants." Wilkes has been documenting the effects of the global pollution problem for quite some time, and his images have been used in a Nature article about the same topic. The use of an image as a vehicle for social and political commentary can resonate with a wide audience, and this is an aspect of Wilkes' work that I find particularly poignant. His use of juxtaposition calls attention to objects that have grown so commonplace that we often barely register as out of place in the environment.
Scroll down and take a look at some of Stephen Wilkes' photography and let me know what you think in the comments section.
Oil Study, Louisiana, 2010
Eulogy to a Dumpscape: Fresh Kills Landfill
In Katrina's Wake: TV in Sand
Have you come across any art with similar messaging? Over at Swell we are always interested in learning and supporting the arts, and would appreciate any recommendations!