I started working on white storks back in 2009. Back then I couldn't have known the crazy rollercoaster I'd go through documenting these incredible birds. From photographing the pristine beauty of storks nesting in blooming peartrees in springtime I ended on this terrible waste land several years later.
Being confronted with the enormous amounts of waste we produce on a daily basis is truly horrifying. Walking through fields of empty bottles, plastic bags, food leftovers and toys still brings me to tears. I lie awake at night, embarrassed to be part of our consumer society. We have to turn the tide. This story is not about storks anymore. It is about us. Look into the mirror and imagine all fables about storks being the symbol of new life being true. Well…than this is how we threat new life, longevity…our future.
Do we really want to continue like this? I don’t think it is a matter of will anymore…We have to change this around while we still can. And I truly believe we can. (www.jasperdoest.com/challengetochange)
Why throw away something that could potentially put a smile on the face of a fellow human being? A relative, a friend, a child…
The January/February 2016 issue of Smithsonian magazine is now available.
A big thank you to all the people who helped me along the way! I couldn't have done this without your help.#challengetochange