Singapore based photographer Zinkie Aw‘s photoseries, The Republic of Pulau Semanku, provides social and environmental commentary on the world’s, and specifically Singapore’s, landfill issues. Zinkie says, “In 1999, after having exhausted the landfills on mainland Singapore, Singapore then created a Semakau landfill by enclosing Pulau Semakau and a small adjacent island with a rock bund. In this light, we, could all be considered ‘Founders’ of this reclaimed portion of the island. It has never occurred to us where all these rubbish end up in land-scarce and over-populated Singapore.” Not only are these pictures beautiful, but they communicate an important message about the current state of our environment and how that relates to us as people in an effective way. Aw’s photography spreads awareness of these growing issues, as well as how someone’s identity can be partially exposed by the things they throw away, which I find particularly fascinating. After checking out these pictures aren’t you curious about the clues you leave behind about yourself in your garbage can?

Mary Rachel Kostreva

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