Our earth is in danger now, more than ever. The environment is fading and climate change is on the rise. However, are those the only things that are affected? Our society has a tendency to view only what is right in front of what is clearly visible and ignores other ways our world is suffering. Plastic doesn’t just affect the natural environment, it also affects the people who live in it. Human beings who are capable of showing their misery are suffering too. My photograph reveals this painful reality by capturing what it feels like to live in a world suffocated by trash. By exposing the emotions and expressions of a person in my work, the viewer is able to recognize that harmful waste can affect people too. My name is Valerie Durova, and I focus on photographing the raw and untold aspects of life.