Most of the photography community knows Benjamin Von Wong for his elaborate concept shoots and his passion for the environment. Recently, Ben teamed up with Austin Craig and Jordan Peterson on an episode of The New Creatives with the goal of using their creative efforts for positive change with a much simpler concept.
While Von Wong doesn’t consider himself a photographer, he does in fact consider himself a problem solver. The foundation for his hyper realistic art style is addressing a problem and then creatively addressing it through visuals. In this episode, Benjamin set out to address the growing plastic pollution that humanity faces but hasn’t quite fixed. For background, the below are some farcical facts about plastic pollution:
Over the last ten years, humans have produced more plastic than during the whole last century. The ocean is filled with approximately 165 million tons of plastic. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish by 2050.
“I greatly believe in the power of humanity to solve problems,” said Von Wong, “when we decide to do something, we can.” Benjamin believes people aren’t talking about plastic pollution because it isn’t sexy enough. His goal is to create visually stunning pieces that shine a light on this global issue, motivating the next generation to take action.
Although this shoot didn't involve an elaborate set, lighting, and models, it goes to show that even the small things can make a big difference. How are you using your work to improve the world around you?
To see more from The New Creatives check out their channel on BYUtv.