The exhibition FAST EXTINCTION aims to raise awareness of animals on the critically-endangered list – those most at risk from a staggering 32,000 species facing extinction.
In this exhibition, comprising 15 images, Lowery has used the medium of fashion photography to highlight humanity’s impact on the future of these creatures. By using the human form, she provides a mirror for the viewer to relate to the issues facing the animals, and styling to highlight the unsustainable impact of Fast Fashion – challenging us to think about the way we live.
The exhibition starts in the Annamite mountains with the saola, a new animal to science but already on the critically-endangered list. It then moves on to Sumatra, in Indonesia, home to the orangutan and the Sumatran elephant spotlighting the effect of deforestation on their habitat and on climate change.
The exhibition continues through the Indonesian archipelago to Java where the Javan rhino – the smallest, quietest and rarest of the species – is found before moving on to the African continent. Nigeria’s Cross River gorilla, a subspecies of the Western gorilla, is the most endangered great ape in Africa is and there are fewer than 300 alive today and the Western chimpanzee who shares 98% of our DNA.
Back in Asia, we then see the stunning colours of the red-crowned roofed turtle – whose habitat, the River Ganges, is considered one of the most plastic-polluted waters in the world. Next, we learn about the impact of tourism on the Galapagos island and the various species of giant tortoise living there – a hopeful story of a species reappearing after a century of presumed extinction. Sea turtles are then featured – under threat from both climate change and by-catch.
In the front windows, there are images representing the Amur leopard and the tiger – both affected by habitat loss caused by climate change.
Downstairs, Lowery uses the triptych format to represent blue macaws in flight. Alongside is an incredible story about biologist Neiva Guedes and her project in the Pantanal, Brazil.
The final image depicts the vaquita from the Gulf of California in north-western Mexico. The vaquita is the most critically-endangered species in the whole exhibition. Lowery uses a net across the model’s face to highlight the use of gillnets - a direct cause of the sharp decline in the species numbers.
“Our existence is sustainable if we can work in harmony with our planet. This is my aim: to educate myself and others, protect what we have, restore what we have lost and invest in a better future. I believe that the WWF will help us to do this.” Montana Lowery
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