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© Joel Aron
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When I was younger, everything was thrown away into the same garbage can. As a child, it was almost a game on how much I could shove into the can before being told to take the trash out. For some reason, taking out the garbage was the chore that ranked very low on my list of things to do as a child. It was just above mowing the lawn, but tied with cleaning my room.

Now, decades later, after possibly taking out the trash many thousands of times, my methods have evolved. A second trash can emerged on the scene. It was strange at first, but with age comes respect for life and where we all live together, so I decided to do my part to lower the impact of waste on this planet. I learned to recycle.

I became curious one day, at the same time while driving around looking for things to photograph, and found myself at the dump. This time, I was not dropping off bottles of used film chemicals to the friendly people in white haz-mat bunny suits, I made straight for the recycle yard. There stood a wall of compacted cubes, each nearly the size of my car. Dozens of them, soon to be sent into a room with massive amounts of heat, and melted back to the liquid it once came from to be used again.

hasselblad 500cm : Kodak Portra 400VC

19 responses

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    Got my vote

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (21 Feb 2008):

    Bona! my vote

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) said (22 Feb 2008):

    You got my vote as well! Crisp shot! Excellent narrative too!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (23 Feb 2008):

    Joel -- Perfect for theme and a real eye-popper; excellent! Good narrative.

  • Stuart Robertson

    Stuart Robertson gave props (2 Mar 2008):

    great shot, if this doesn't say human impact I don't know what does.

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (2 Mar 2008):

    Nice texture.........You have my Vote

  • lowison

    lowison said (4 Mar 2008):

    Molto bella!! (mi ricorda anche alcune sculture di Cesar).

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    great shot & words for this theme

  • Ono Matoh

    Ono Matoh said (26 Mar 2008):


  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (30 Mar 2008):

    This is great! Vote +!

  • Rogerio de Freitas

    Rogerio de Freitas said (31 Mar 2008):

    Great shot and colors.

  • Jarko

    Jarko said (21 May 2008):

    It inspires me the works made by the artist Arman

  • Rebecca Winters

    Rebecca Winters said (9 Sep 2008):

    poignant and thoughtful-

  • Marela

    Marela gave props (17 Sep 2008):


  • Jesse Merz

    Jesse Merz gave props (25 Oct 2008):

    This is an amazing photo

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey said (3 Dec 2008):

    stunning. beautiful colors. excellent photo.

  • Rachel Troglen

    Rachel Troglen gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    interesting shot

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (31 May 2009):

    Excellent shot Joel, and I admire your thinking by going to the tip for an image....who'd have thought !!! Now I'm going to go and check out the story.

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (7 Nov 2009):

    brilliant composition

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