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Gold 2020 Editorial / Environmental

Plastic, One Enemy?

  • Photographer
    Antonio Coelho
  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial / Environmental

A plate, a fish or a heart: all filled with plastic, to remind us that we are eating it. Simplicity is the key to this series, betting on the simple and appealing. Use simple materials and, with these materials, create images, also simple, but that leave us thinking. This is what happens when we see a fish pouring pieces of plastic, a plate of spaghetti that is not, or a fried egg made of lids. Everything addresses the same idea: the ingestion of plastic micro-particles that are already part of the diet of animals and humans.

My name is Antonio Bernardino Martins Coelho, I am from a small village in the north of Portugal, where I live. I am 39 years old, married and father of two girls. I work as an electrical engineer. A taste for painting was evident in me early on, but it was only in 2010 after a trip to Cuba that I became interested in photography, having captured a lot of images. However, having a small digital camera, I started to acquire analog equipment and develop the photography learning activity in a self-taught way, using very old and medium format machines. My favorite camera is the Zeiss Ikon Nettar.