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georgia laughton

Where we come from balances with the importance of where we are going.  Life spins in an every increasing spiral.  Momentum quickens, momentum slows, spiral increases, decreases, spins and spins on its own axis unable to stop.  Even if it could stop, what would it say that it would want to?  Life is a blur in my spiral, with images the snapshots of my ride.  The things I hold close, the beliefs I cling to as others engulf the spiral recur as the themes of the images. Animal rights and environmental issues claim the largest part of my brain at all times. Travel and exploration is vital, from exploration of the planet to those dark little corners of my brain. Beauty is in everything.  Look close into the defined ugly and beauty is always there, hidden, deep in its form and colour, ignored by the perceived definition of beauty.  In a spiral, there is no ugly, there is no beauty, just colour and shape.

Painting and photography; is it possible to adore both?  Or does it just show a stubborn unwillingness to commit to anything? Who knows? Who cares?  both fulfill different pockets of curiosity and urges in my brain.  Both keep me bouncing around like a hyperactive little bunny with a determined mission to help save the world in my own little way.

Georgia currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, and frankly has no plans of moving away from the city she loves – she does however, have a growing list of places she wishes to explore and adventures to be had – which does conflict with her ongoing urge to stay inside and paint.

Do we have a plan B?

Scientific paper, after scientific paper that I read all seem to present the simple statement – that our oceans are dying and we are killing them. The oceans are the life force that keeps our planet alive – yet it has been predicted that we will have wiped out all the life in the oceans by 2049.

This is within my lifetime – and this is just one of those things which keeps me awake at night.  I wonder: Do we have a plan B? What shall we humans do, once we fish the last fish?

In February 2011, I went to Taiji Japan for a month to photograph the annual 6 month-long dolphin slaughters.

Staying in the nearby in the town of Kii Katsurra, my afternoons were spent exploring the town and its fish markets – this town is a large tuna port.

Planning to return in September 2011, the day prior to my arrival back in Kii Katsurra, a typhoon struck this area – with a death tally of more than one hundred people. With the town in crisis, a plan B for her time in Japan was launched – and time was spent in Tokyo exploring and photographing the fish market there.

Wandering around fish markets, seeing the volume of animals killed – there is so much death. Through my eyes, and my world view, I do not see a dead fish – I see a  dead life, a life taken from its environment – fished and killed in a slow and cruel method. Knowing this is just one market, in one town or city, on one day – my brain is boggled by the volume of life that we are ripping out of the ocean on a daily basis.

Overfishing is just one of the ways we are killing the oceans. And it is not isolated to one country, one region or just one town.

Do we have a plan B? is graphic and confronting images of Georgia’s exploration of fish markets in during her visits to Japan – and she poses the question: Do we have a plan B for when we kill the ocean?

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