The realities of waste in this country are very different from what most people on this earth experience. We are not forced to live among our refuse, knowing the immediacy of its decline, unaware of the process it undergoes. Our waste is conveniently carted off by mainly unseen forces. The average American discards 4.34 pounds of garbage each day. The majority of which ends up in a landfill or gets shipped overseas. Almost 200 million pounds of donated clothing was sold in 2011 by one non-profit in particular. The vast unknown quantities not sold were baled and sent away. It is the products of our everyday lives, so easily disposed of, that I am concerned with in these images.
It is not my intention to immediately provoke, although that may be the ultimate result of the imagery. I am interested in both their particular character and individuality. These recycling behemoths become like faces, each one having a story inherent in their lines and symmetry. I am fascinated by the lifespan that is particular to them and that relationship to ourselves. After being processed in the United States by various non-profit industries, they leave and are shipped to parts of the country and the world. It is my hope to eventually be able to document their entire journey, traveling to and witnessing their eventual reincarnation. I have proposed this project to others but continue to seek financial backing to embark on such a large project. If you would like to learn more about what happens to these bales, please contact me.