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Innovative artwork by north Belfast resident to appear in educational environment video

The innovative artwork will appear in a National Lottery funded video

INNOVATIVE artwork by a north Belfast resident is to appear in a new educational film aimed at encouraging people to look after the planet.

The Air of the Anthropocene project is spearheaded by Robin Price, who was chosen by the National Lottery to feature in a video highlighting how people can look after the environment.

Mr Price's work uses an LED light painter that translates particulate pollution levels into the density of light dots in a long exposure photograph.

The effect is to illuminate the pollution, shedding light on the invisible particles around us in the air.

Photography for the project, which Mr Price runs alongside Birmingham-based Environmental Scientist Professor Francis Pope, has been taken in cities across the world including Ireland, the UK, India, Mexico and Africa.

It has been used to raise awareness of growing pollution levels in East Africa and to help advocate for positive change.

The 39-year-old, who is originally from Bromsgrove in England, was chosen to appear in the educational video to raise awareness around the importance of saving the planet.

Working at Vault Artist Studios in east Belfast along with 115 other artists, he said: "It's great to highlight how you can help the environment and it's really good to get a platform to raise awareness through our video".

"I think art and artists can have a role to create spaces and conversations and bring light to things that aren't always fully teased out."

He added: "The project is a way of trying to raise consciousness around pollution – and that's a key benefit.

"The video is a really nice way of documenting how far we've come, what we've achieved and looking to what we're going to do next."

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