EXPLORING GOOGLE STREET VIEW
These images, curated from google maps street view across specific cities in 4 continents, reflect the universal human inclination to toss aside that which we no longer have a purpose for.
They explore the blemish of human waste both in natural and urban environments as well as the culture of trash removal. Certain images reflect the varying ways that humans systematically deal with their garbage, from color coded dumpsters to elevated cages to keep animals away, to the grander scale of landfills.
The content inspire questions regarding the differences in consumption, waste, and resources for clean removal that vary across the globe. I intentionally looked for trash in the poorest of places; the slums, areas of high violence and over-population, rural and uneducated counties, and cities surrounding major landfills.
With the ugliest scenes of garbage found in areas where individuals often consume the least, the matter of over-consumption of the wealthy evolves as a human rights issue, with wealthy nation’s waste encroaching upon the lives of poor nations.
Together, the earth’s inhabitants produce over 2 trillion pounds of waste a year with the average person in a developed country contributing 2.6 pounds in a single day. This waste gets shipped to landfills, ends up on street corners, or finds its way swirling into the Great Pacific Trash Vortex. It does stay hidden, however, from the lives of the wealthy. These images tell the story of those who daily interact with the waste of others.
Location of images:
Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico (Bordo Poniente landfill)
Olusoson landfill, Nigeria
Puente Hills Landfill, L.A., California
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (near Jardim Gramacho landfill)
Camden, New Jersey
Chicago, Illinois (Altgeld Gardens Housing Project)