Category Archives: Ecology

Foxboro Neighborhood, North Salt Lake, Another Generation of “Downwinders”

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In September we attended a rally organized by various local environmental groups protesting the Stericycle Medical Incinerary Plant’s irresponsible discharge of toxic fumes.  You can read about that and see the event photos here.  Last weekend we went back to the Foxboro neighborhood to photograph several families who own homes in the affected area. We hope to partner with the local organizations to bring additional attention to the concerns of this community.

 

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Environmental Groups in Utah Join Forces to Rally Against Stericycle

This afternoon our family attended a town hall style rally vehemently protesting the release of a malevolent blend of dioxins, lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and other extremely harmful toxic pollutants from the Stericycle Medical Incinerary Plant into the air in the Foxboro neighborhood, North Salt Lake City.  The organizers of the town hall meeting and march on Stericycle included Cherise Udell, Alicia Connell and Natasha Hincks of Utah Moms for Clean Air, Brian Moench of Utah Physicians for Heathy Environment, and Erin Brockovich, legendary Environmental Activist.  North Salt Lake City Mayor, Len Arave spoke briefly, and stayed for the entirety of the meeting.

The blatant disregard by Stericycle for the health and wellbeing of the people in the surrounding neighborhood and all across the Wasatch front is abhorrent.  And to add (further environmental) insult to injury,  Spectrum Academy, a charter school for children with autism is just downwind of Stericycle, exposing children already damaged by too much of a toxic burden to even more poison.    Shut Stericycle down.  Shut it down now.

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“US kids born in polluted areas more likely to have autism.”

Environmental Health News, a foundation-funded news organization that advances the public’s understanding of environmental health issues, reports the link between air quality and autism today. The article cites the study, “Perinatal Air Pollutant Exposures and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Children of Nurses’ Health Study II Participants” was released today online in Environmental Health Perspectives authored by Andrea Roberts, a lead research associate at the Harvard University School of Public Health.  While the study is not conclusive, it provides the impetus for further research and has major implications for regions with air quality problems like we have in Salt Lake City and Cache Valley, Utah.

 

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Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes

The last 4 years I have been working under the thematic title, Evidence and Artifacts, a reference to the tangible by-products produced by human advancement. Evidence and Artifacts is a photographic anthology addressing the impact of “progress” on the environment and ultimately, on human health and development. I have been adding new “chapters” to the larger collection as distinctive categories develop, all the while continuing to build upon the “chapters” that already have been formed.

Particle Matter 2.5, Cattle

Facing Autism, Magnus the Magnificent

Avarice, Untitled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am excited to share the next “chapter” in the series titled, Evidence and Artifacts: Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes. This work is a collection of narrative portraits referencing Renaissance/Baroque saint paintings and iconic hero representations.  I am photographing members of the global community who best personify exceptional courage, wisdom or compassion and exemplify the highest humanitarian ideals but are under recognized, diminished or vilified for their efforts. Some of the people I photograph are bringing attention to the damage we are inflicting on our planet, while others are focused on relieving human suffering. Each person has a unique story tell.

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Dr. Valerie Hu, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George Washington University

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Jacqueline Gauthier, Parent Autism Advocate

Martyrs, Saints and Superheroes, Garth Lenz, Conservation Photographer

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