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Photographed on large format film and printed on a grand scale, this project is an individualized look at America's recycling bales.

Project Description

These recycling bales are of enormous proportions. Some are 5 feet tall and extend wider than 7 feet. Shot on large format film and intended for view in galleries, you can own and contribute to my project through an extremely limited edition of prints not offered to the gallery and collecting community.

I've already self financed the first part of this project: purchased the film, hired assistants to help photograph the bales, rented lighting equipment, built custom light modifiers to cover the sheer size of these objects and processed the film. I need funding in order to complete this project and send proposals to galleries across the country. This is where you, the Kickstarter community can help me see this dream come true.

Artist statement

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.  

Clothing Bale (option 1 for Reward print)
Clothing Bale (option 1 for Reward print)
Plastic Bale (Option 2 for Reward print)
Plastic Bale (Option 2 for Reward print)
Blankets Bale (image only offered with Reward #11)
Blankets Bale (image only offered with Reward #11)
Plastics Bale #2 (image only printed with Reward #11)
Plastics Bale #2 (image only printed with Reward #11)
Clothing Bale #2 (only printed with Reward #11)
Clothing Bale #2 (only printed with Reward #11)
Blankets Bale (image only printed with Reward #11)
Blankets Bale (image only printed with Reward #11)

Note: This fundraiser will pay for the film scanning so the final images will be almost identical (these came from my digital camera since large format polaroids are no longer made).

Project goal

To raise funds to both recover costs and send proposals to galleries around the country. Ideally, it will spring board the next level of this project: to follow the bales to recycling facilities both domestically and overseas. In the next phase, I will follow the same aesthetic of photographing these objects in a portrait fashion on the same enormous sets, only the next phase of photographs will include their surroundings of train yards, shipping docks, on the ship as they cross the pacific, and ultimately their final resting place wherever it may be.

Thank you for checking out my fundraiser!

Music used with permission by Gauntlet Hair. Thanks Andy and Craig!

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My printers are all ready to go once this fundraiser has reached its goal. I've set the deadline before the holidays in hopes of getting these prints to you in time. However, as we all know, technical problems may arise so please be patient with me if I cannot meet the quick turnaround needed for this holiday season. Fortunately, the prints I'm offering are quite limited so I don't have too many to print but I will work my hardest to get these to you in the time frame promised.

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