Growing up, we take many things for granted. For the fortunate majority, there’s food on the table, fresh clothes to put on, toys to play with and friends a phone call away. Growing up, I was ignorant to all that’s happening around me except eat, do my homework and sleep and do everything all over again the next day.
Reading a blog Stone Throw to BLNG by Jewelle, it got me thinking about the environment in which we breath and live and how little we know of the quality of air we breath and the water we drink. I am someone who can be objective when it comes to larger than life matters. I accept that pollution is a necessary evil of a developing nation–a shared responsibility for all concerned.
The BLNG Flares © Jan Shim Photography
This flare while seemingly unobtrusive during the day lights up the BLNG plant and residence in the Lumut suburb. This beacon of light represents the pulse of our economy in the energy sector in the forseeable future and the promise of employment for our nation’s rising stars.
World Pollution © Jan Shim Photography
On the weekend of July 29th, a slightly overcast but otherwise a sunny morning, I took the kids to the beach near the Billionth Barrel Monument (no pun intended) and captured the puffs of smoke from the BLNG plant approximately thirty minutes away that resembled the World map. It was quite a sight and I’ve kept it ever since for an opportunity. I’ve always been fascinated by interesting cloud formations which helps take away the monotony of my long commutes between work and home. So you can imagine the excitement when I saw the formation that I had at first mistakened as cloud but quickly realised it was from distant chimney. That opportunity is now and gets named World Pollution for its relevance to this post and photo composition.