We all know that humans are destroying the earth, but we live in a time where the destruction has become too much to take lightly anymore. Will artists be the ones to bring the earth together to clean and protect it? Benjamin Von Wong shows us that the answer is yes, and he asks all of us to join him.
Social change is one of my favorite topics because it can start with one person and spread like wildfire to literally change the world that we live in. Once change ignites, it's unstoppable as a force of people standing together to make life on Earth better and more beautiful for everyone. But how does change begin when government and mainstream media outlets aren't putting much effort towards making the masses care? We make art.
People don't believe or act on what they don't see, and that's why visual artists hold the key to change. Master photographer Benjamin Von Wong is here to show us that the impossible is possible and to inspire us to use our keys to change. This time, he's tackling the massive problem of electronic waste (or E-Waste) in America by making art with it. Von Wong teamed up with Dell, a company who has one of the largest worldwide electronics recycling programs. To pull it all off, Von Wong worked for ten days with 50 volunteers. The result: 4,100 pounds of E-Waste intricately pieced together into an otherworldly set for the images that are fulfilling Von Wong's hopes to make recycling E-Waste cool.
When speaking about his project and its influence on artists, Von Wong said he'd love to see more people fighting for what they believe in through their art. For any artists planning to take on projects of any scale for social impact, Von Wong shares that the hardest part is starting and committing. He also explained that the deep dark corners of the world are never easy to think about but that the difficulty is worth it when you give back to the world.
In addition to grabbing the world's attention with these mind-blowing images, he's giving back to the first 1,000 people who share images of their to-be recycled E-Waste with him through his hashtag #rethinkrecyclerevive. He is sending out limited-edition postcards signed by the entire project team. Von Wong is also giving away three huge metallic prints. Read more about the postcards, metallic print contest, and how you can be a part of the very cool recycling movement here.
Check out Von Wong's blog post to see the final images, the entire process from start to finish, three behind-the-scenes videos, and instructions to receive one of his postcards. I can't wait to see all of your E-Waste and will be sharing my own shortly. I'd also love to hear about your projects and plans to encourage change through your art.
Images used with permission of Benjamin Von Wong.