Chester Tree

Photograph taken Jan 20, 2011

Chips, a one minute salty snack packaged in a forever lasting plastic wrap. How can this be? Since the late 1950’s the amount of products packaged in plastic has exponentially risen every year. Chip and candy companies spend millions on convincing us with advertising, low expense, and taste bud trips, that their products have a necessary place in society. Yet, Obesity and Diabetes are on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, 24.8% of Californians are Obese and 8% are Diabetic.

The packaging for these products is made with Polyvinyl chloride, which causes cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, among other health problems. With this knowledge, one would think that there would be faster movement away from wasteful, harmful foods packaged in toxic film.

At the Guadalupe, the chip bag and candy wrappers are outrageous. After each rain storm, and consequential flood, the number of chip bags increases, while the amount of land and the physical health of the plants and animals, humans included, decreases.

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About tpsgreg

My name is Greg Kerekes and I am a Naturalist. I have a fascination with the natural world and I want to share what I discover to remind people what they are a part of. I consider photography a necessary means for capturing the magnificent beauty I experience in the neighboring wild. With my photography, I hope to preserve events as a way of validating their existence in order to focus attention toward the taken for granted connection between all objects in the universe. My photography promotes exploration, personal discovery, and acquisition of knowledge through the passing of time, experience, and persistence but most of all the connection between us known as the circle of life. I began to realize the connection with my environment at a young age. I grew up along the American River in Sacramento, California. My spare time as an adolescent was spent biking, hiking; studying the plants and animals; and catching butterflies along the river parkway. My experience wasn’t restricted to the American River; every Summer my family would take a road trip to a National Park somewhere in the United States: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades and many others. I picked up a camera in 2005 after realizing that catching butterflies was destructive. I can study the butterflies through pictures without causing them any harm. With this realization, my world expanded and I was now able to study anything I wanted in this manner. I began to photograph plants, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and the habitats they live in. After High School I attended Sacramento City College where I learned the digital and darkroom process and began making digital and silver gelatin prints. After the completion of my Certificate in Photography at Sacramento City College I moved to San Jose and began attending San Jose State University. At this institution I began to explore the antique processes of photography like Cyanotype and Gum Dichromate which use exposures from the sun rather than a light from an enlarger in the darkroom to create the image. Currently, I spend my time documenting the wild, natural life in San Jose working to coexist with the urban environment. I continue to travel extensively every year to further the tradition of natural exploration instilled by my parents. My objective is to set an example, raise awareness, and make a difference for the betterment of our society and planet, all while photographing what drives me the most, the connection between us and our environment.
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