Debbie Schoone

“How to Farm a Fish”
At this moment, we live with seven billion people on this planet. This number continues to grow, and so does the demand for food. Current agriculture cannot meet this demand. Is there another way in which we can continue to provide the world with food? And can this be done in a sustainable way, so that the Earth will not endure more?
‘How to Farm a Fish’ should create more nuance on new developments in the food industry and its impact on the sustainability of the world. I use my camera as a means to gain access to the closed systems where this innovation takes place and through visual research, I come to my interpretation of these developments. This interpretation consists of different types of visual language.
For example, I stage images in addition to the more classic documentary photography. In this way I create an innovative view on this subject. My goal is to refute the aversion to the artificial process because I am convinced that the future lies in fish farming on land.
I was convinced that I lived quite sustainably, but I found out that this was not the case. Research shows that innovation of the food industry can contribute to the sustainability of the world. But for many people, this sounds like science-fiction.
Since this year, people have been eating more farmed fish than wild fish. Aquaculture includes the artificial cultivation of fish, shellfish and various species of algae, intended for consumption. The systems on land use little water and energy but can deliver a high yield.

I’m an image maker whose work explores the influence of man on our environment and our surroundings. By focusing on smaller stories within this big theme, I try to address a large audience. My fascination for innovation takes me to places I normally won’t get access to.

The point of departure for a project often revolves around the question if I’m doing the right thing. In order to understand this, I research my subject for a longer period of time. Through different approaches I create my own interpretation, and ask the viewer to do the same.

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