Photographer Hoarded His Trash For Four Years To Make A Powerful Point.
In 2011 Antoine Repesse started a new project. He decided to start saving all of his recyclable trash, rather than throwing it away. For four years he kept saving the trash until he figured it was time to do something about it.
He grabbed his camera and started taking pictures to document exactly how much stuff is used and tossed away, or recycled. He wanted people not only to hear about the amount of the waste, but he wanted them to actually see it with their eyes so they could understand better.
Imagine what it would have looked like if he had decided to do that with regular garbage?
Antoine Repesse stopped tossing out his recyclable trash in 2011. He let it gather up for four consecutive years.
Clean it up.
After everything had piled up for four years he knew it was time. No, not time to clean it up, but time to start taking some pictures and calling it art.
A crappy situation.
He called the series of photos "#365 Unpacked" and used it to get people to think about just how much recyclable stuff they really use. It's amazing the amount of trash that actually piled up.
Have you ever seen a more romantic atmosphere?
Over the four year period a total of more than 2,400 cubic feet of trash had gathered. This includes 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 empty rolls of toilet paper, and more than 1,700 pounds of newspapers. Imagine if newspapers were what they used to be... that poundage would be at least tripled.
Repesse said that he separated all of the garbage for a better visual effect in the photos. “I wanted to give an aesthetic dimension to my work.”
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