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© 2019 Elina Pasok

London, UK

Breathe! (Act now to save our future)

An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school on Friday, the 16th of March. They demanded stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history.

Greta Thunberg, a teenage activist, said in a speech at the Davos conference. “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.

I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

 

Having read yet another article about critical levels of air pollution in London, I was shocked to find out there is a whole industry built around air pollution respirators for kids. The gas masks are made in “fun” colours and often have cute graphics on them. Unfortunately, the masks are in high demand globally.

 

World Health Organisation estimates 7 million people are killed annually due to air pollution related diseases; Hello Kitty print can't make it better.

 

Kids around the world are affected by the air that we, the grown-ups, have polluted. Children are our future and we are responsible for the world they will live in.

 

In the “Breathe!” series, Nikko, Artiguane, Hector and Cassian are immersed in fog and wearing gas masks. Hand-drawn designs represent our only hope: the so much needed switch to renewable sources of energy.

Sun for solar energy, cloud for wind energy, wave for hydro energy and leaves for biomass.

Diffused lighting and particles of fog resemble impressionist’s aesthetic, where the artist’s goal was to paint the air.

 

The images, although mostly high-key, are dramatic. The smog is blinding and suffocating the kids. It is an enveloping eerie presence in the frame, almost a separate entity. In one of the photos Artiguane is holding his hand high up, as if he is trying to ask the grown-ups a question.  Nikko’s flashlight beams like a sword, yet the boy’s posture makes him look defeated.

 

Our kids are sombre warriors, fighting the battles we set up for them. They won’t have a chance until we act like grown-ups.

Photographer: Elina Pasok

Producer: Laurence David

Kids: Nikko, Artiguane, Hector and Cassian

2019, London 

Blueprints

Superimposed blueprints of the most influential inventions.

Detailes schemes of a printing press, an engine, an airplane, spinning wheel, etc.

Modern Gods

As a part of my final MA degree project, I created four new anthropomorphic deities - four gods of non-renewable resources, who's wrath is hanging over our heads. Goddess of Coal, Goddess of Oil, God of Natural Gas and God of Nuclear Power. They all have back legends and there are details in the photos that hint to their stories.

From the beginning of time humanity had to find an explanation for the forces of nature – so people created spirits and gods. Almost every culture has deities for water, fire, earthquakes or wind. And there are many myths and legends about the mighty gods that control nature. Their wrath – floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires – always leads to inevitable destruction. We haven't created new gods yet, perhaps it's time?

 

(Exhibited in the Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London)

Black Mood

Moody dark post-production using a mix of old and new tech,

like shooting the screen of an old TV.

Beauty and Fashion

A mix of studio and location work