Serene Enamel

Photograph taken               Dec 14, 2010

An all to common sight at the Guadalupe River Parkway is the spray paint can. This can floated by as I was photographing a pair of Hooded Mergansers. The ducks were startled by the shinny spray can and retreated into the brush along the river bank. I turned my lens to the can and immediately began to wonder what chemicals this container could possibly be leaking into the water.

As I began to notice more and more spray cans in the river, I started collecting them. First, to get the harmful chemicals out of the water, and second, to demonstrate the substantial number of them one can find in a single strip of the river; between Coleman and Taylor.

When hiking the Guadalupe, one can sometimes smell the spray paint before coming upon it on the banks. I found that spray paint contains many harmful chemicals: Xylene, Toluene, Acetone. All are harmful to the brain and nervous system and they can be potentially fatal. The metal can oxidizes overtime, corroding the metal, causing leaks in the cans. The contents of all cans, including pesticides, home cleaner, and paint are flowing through the water, and thus, all who come in contact with it.


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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