Born in Birmingham, England, in 1960/ Lives and works in West Wales
, Welsh for ‘plastic sea’, captures the impact of both plastic objects upon the living world, and the erosive power of nature. Photographing flip-flops and shoes that washed up on the coasts of West Wales, Cuba, Tanzania and Sri Lanka, Perry documents plastic pollution in unexpectedly poetic images that detail the objects’ degradation and transformation by sun, sea, and sand. He presents each shoe simply, accentuating and inviting us to contemplate the aesthetic qualities of its erosion, the environmental danger it represents, and the moral of consumerism it embodies. Perry has recently undertaken a residency at Oriel y Parc in The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where he continues to collect detritus from the sea, including a Chinese flour sack. Found on Aberbach Beach in an area of Wales renowned for spotting seals, dolphins, and sea birds, the sack’s 8000km journey from China to Wales attests to the breadth of ocean pollution, and intimates the global reach of – and our demand for Chinese manufacturing in the 21st century.