Did you know that the majority of the world’s oceanic plastic waste comes from just five countries, one of which is Thailand, who contributes over one thousand tons per year? To help change that, Bangkok-based fashion photographer Ben Zander is currently raising funds to buy paper bags for 7-Elevens across the country and create awareness about plastic waste through his #deathbyplastic campaign.
With the help of key public figures and Thai celebrities, Zander is shooting a series of photographs, each in an environmentally significant location in Thailand. Award-winning international Thai fashion designer Ek Thongprasert has also come on board and will be styling the models with his Curated collection throughout the series.
Each photograph will then be printed, framed, and showcased in a grand exhibition where they will be sold. All proceeds will go towards buying the paper bags and sending the exhibition around the country – in turn creating as much awareness surrounding plastic waste as possible.
Zander has already photographed world-class Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Banchamek, Penny J. Lane from The Face Thailand, and MC Dandee from the Bangkok Invaders Crew, in three different locations, and is currently trying to raise B400,000 to complete the series and shoot seven more celebrities in seven new locations. Short documentaries and behind-the-scenes videos from each photoshoot will also be released throughout the campaign and can be viewed online. Each celebrity will also be posting to their social media accounts to spread the word to their online followers.
Watch the latest video with MC Dandee here: www.facebook.com/benzanderphoto.