It has been over a year since I started to photograph what I have found on the beach everyday. My husband Wayne had the idea, I always picked up the rubbish, then tossed it in the bin. He thought it would be a great idea to start photographing what I found. So, that was it, my mission was to make a picture of what I found.

At first I was just trying to make a decoration from the rubbish, then one day, I made a face, it was a happy face and I got many comments, saying, why is he happy? Well, that inspired me to do more and think about each face, sometimes relating the art to the time of year, like Santa face, with beer cans and such… It became a challenge and I always carried two bags to the beach, one for colourful rubbish and one for plastic and ugly rubbish. I found people commented on the colourful images more, and told me to keep going. I still pick up all the rubbish I find but keep the ones that I can make art out of.

Recycle face from Rooland

I’m on the beach probably two times a day and if there’s surf, 3 to 4 times. Always picking up what I find, my faces becoming the pieces I pick up that day. It’s become a bit of an obsession, so much so that sometimes I keep what I find to make a 3d image at home. I know, crazy but I have been a recycler since birth from my hippie parents who recycled everything. It drives me a bit crazy when I see people at the beach, not recycling, I think, how hard is it to just drop it in a recycle bin….or take it home, then recycle. We have come so far in some technologies but are so lazy when it comes to making an effort towards recycling. I don’t understand it and it’s hard for me to accept. My ultimate goal is to do away with all plastics completely. I ask you this, please try to live one week without touching plastic, in anyway and see how you go. I’ve done it and failed a few times. It’s not easy. It’s worth the challenge because it gets you to see how much plastic has taken over our lives. Lets all try to figure out how to get rid of it and use alternative materials.

Thanks for listening and happy Easter weekend! Cheers!

Recycle Straws