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Waste auditing

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Photographer Jordan Manley‘s usual subjects are the practitioners and stunning natural backdrops of mountain biking sports and skiing. But he also happens to be the son of an environmental engineer. Manley recently sent us a link to this rad photo essay, “A look back at…garbage,” documenting the dirty work he has been roped into doing for his dad over the years, mainly a recent gig “auditing garbage” or sorting trash to see what could be salvaged, reused, recycled or converted into energy.

Photo credit: Jordan Manley

Describing the task, Manley says:

Despite the messy nature of the job, it was an interesting type of surveillance into people’s lives, you can tell a lot about a household from what they throw away. It took us to some interesting places as well.

Trash = Class

Friday, June 5, 2009

The headline to the latest Guardian UK photo series In Pictures says it all: “World’s poor overwhelmed by rubbish.”


Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

UPDATE: See also this horrifying slideshow in e-waste in West Africa via Waking Vixen‘s Facebook page.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

freshkills Tis the season for trash art, it seems.  I feel like I’ve been getting daily tips on creative exploration of solid waste in various media.  The latest comes via Freshkills Park (which has a Facebook page for those of you interested in keeping tabs on the conversion from landfill to massive public park).  Tattfoo is a Staten Island-based self-described “community intervention artist” who recently took some lovely shots of Fresh Kills (such as the one above, ripped from the artist’s site).


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

rubble Photographer Manuel Branco takes pictures of dumpsters, trash and rubble.  Like gartog colleagues Chris Jordan and Last Night’s Garbage, Branco’s work magnifies and abstracts these commonly ignored subjects.  The result is a glossy and unique collection of images that dwell on color and force the viewer to examine discarded materials in a new light.  Some of these photos can be found in the book DUMPSTERS, TRASH and RUBBLE – Elements of Abstraction which is for sale and will soon be updated in an expanded version.  Check out more of Branco’s work on Flickr, JPG Magazine or imagekind.

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