This series is made possible by the excess of food waste in Lower Manhattan. Each image presents findings from a single evening spent searching through garbage bags on sidewalks. This project evokes the criticisms of the 17th-century Dutch painters, such as Pieter Claesz and Rembrandt, who used decadent fruit and delicacies to depict the almost comical extravagance they were paid to capture. This is Your Garbage, This is Your Waste is a response to the evolution of consumer culture, its casual existence in our daily routines, and the neglect to address the resulting food crisis.
According to the New York Times, in this city alone, 14 million tons of waste are thrown out yearly and 1.2 million residents are food insecure.
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This is Your Garbage, This is Your Waste 2018