Photo Essay

Shopping carts getting alive

Shopping cart main

I must have noticed them before but my brains had never registered them, these shopping carts in this relatively poor area of Rotterdam, one of Holland's main cities. After a while I gradually started to realise they were somehow connected with this neighbourhood. And as always, once you've realised something is there, you will never pass by without seeing it.

These carts seemed to play an active role in this area – they came and went, moved around and regrouped overnight. I also noticed that both population and origin varied by the day. Looking even closer, these carts were hiding in the bushes, were feeling lonely and had passed out on the playground. Were they adapting the lives of the people of the neighbourhood? Or does the area itself generate this kind of behaviour, be it human, animal or shopping cart?

On the other hand: why were these carts there anyway? They cost a lot of money and apparently a lot of people dump them after use and some other people (i.e. supermarket owners) don't care to pick them up regularly. It really does make one feel sorry for the shopping carts.

This photo essay shows the carts as I found them, main rule was not to touch them - just registering the way they were left behind. And although it would shift our general decency values in the right direction I would definitely miss them if they were gone.

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5 responses

  • Dan Anzalone

    Dan Anzalone gave props (27 Nov 2009):

    Imaginative attitude toward such a simple thing as shopping carts. Very interesting

  • Clare Anderson

    Clare Anderson said (1 Dec 2009):

    A very poetic take on such an ordinary phenomenon. Changed my perception on shopping carts... kijn

  • Kathleen Shea

    Kathleen Shea gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Great project!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2011):

    a neat concept and "human interest " story of the cart! enjoyed!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (14 May 2011):

    Voted yes of course!

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