AN award-winning Oxford photographer has taken two of his pictures to a prestigious show in Brighton to argue against plastic packaging.

Dr Stanislav Shmelev, 36, who lives in North Oxford, will exhibit two of his pictures at the Brighton Photo Biennal 2014 festival and the Brighton Photo Fringe 2014 this month.

He wants to raise awareness about the use of plastic in packaging, because the materials are often not biodegradable. He said: “The works I’m exhibiting are part of a series and actually complement each other. There needs to be a change in the way plastics are used.

“It is fine to use them for more durable goods like computers, which last several years, but it is irresponsible to use so much for packaging which is thrown away straight after use. A lot of the plastics end up in the oceans, destroying the food chains and causing damage.

“We need new biodegradable materials urgently, to reverse this dangerous trend.”

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