My subjects are unsightly, they smell, and they are man-made eyesores against the landscapes they sit; yet they can also be delicate, unique, and stunningly beautiful. Weathered by time and the elements (both natural and unnatural), dumpsters are hidden gems among the urban landscape that is perpetuating the destruction of Mother Nature. I enjoy the challenge of finding new dumpsters to photograph as well as the overcoming the obstacles that come with photographing my subject matter such as anthills, broken glass, and people. But the most rewarding part of my work is finding beauty in an object that most people pass by on a daily basis yet hardly ever see. Uncovering a hidden gem on these unsightly - all the while, knowing that certain marks, or even the dumpster itself - can disappear overnight, just like Mother Nature’s creations.
I “paint” images first with my camera and then using editing software, I alter color and remove blemishes that distract from the overall composition. Each photographic image is professionally printed on archival paper, image is then mounted on a museum quality, painted wood panel, varnished, and wired for hanging. In addition to signing, dating, and numbering each piece, you will also receive an image of the original dumpster as well as the story behind the image.