It’s difficult to imagine how much trash we create each week, but photographer Gregg Segal is making it visual. The bulk of packaging wrapped around an item we’re buying is often the last thing on our mind when at the store, but Segal is putting that issue – and the growing trash problem in the modern world – front and center… and on top of his subjects.
His series, 7 Days of Garbage is an intimate, if not disturbing, look at people literally laying in their own filth:
“7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week,” says Segal in his artist statement. “Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.”
The series does much to help us consider the downstream consequences of our purchasing choices – and consider alternatives in a society so good at making stuff that we can throw massive amounts of it away. See more of the series here.