Masks, gloves used to stop spread of COVID-19 put people, animals at risk


Published: 2020-04-21 09:46

Last Updated: 2022-07-06 06:14

Masks, gloves used to stop spread of COVID-19 put people, animals at risk
Masks, gloves used to stop spread of COVID-19 put people, animals at risk

The British photographer, Dan Giannopoulos, has been roaming the UK streets just to take photos of gloves and face masks thrown here and there. But what has prompted him to start photographing the discarded plastic gloves and masks?

Giannopoulos explained that the way masks and gloves used to help stop the spread of coronavirus are being disposed of, damages the environment and puts people and animals at great risk.

He said, "Like everyone else, the coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on life as I knew it. As a photographer, during the beginning of the lockdown, I had thought about ways to document these surreal times from home."

"After spending a number of days without leaving the confines of my house, I decided to go for a short walk and was surprised to see the number of discarded rubber gloves and surgical masks on the streets of my neighborhood, a small suburb in Nottingham."

"I began to photograph them in situ throughout the duration of the 30-minute walk. These disposable gloves quickly came to represent the sheer scale of the public health crisis."

"The artefacts of the paranoia and panic that people are feeling under the immense pressure of this invisible killer."

"These discarded gloves also represented, to me, our own virulent impact on the environment. If this small sample is anything to go by, then there are hundreds of thousands of these gloves scattered across the empty public spaces of this country."

"The gloves had gathered in gutters, protruded from bushes and bins, were strewn on doorsteps and forced through wire fences. I couldn't walk more than a few meters without finding one. And over the course of the next four days, I continued to go out for my permitted daily exercise and zigzagged through my neighborhood, again and again, focusing each time on a different area.

Covering a radius of less than a mile, I found in excess of 300 discarded gloves and masks."

This small neighborhood sample gives an indication of the unprecedented level of fear that we are all living under and the profound irony of our damaging nature."