Field Guide to Garbage


Project Statement

The Field Guide to Garbage came about while I was exploring wildlife areas in my neighborhood searching for birds to photograph.  From a distance, I would often confuse white plastic bags for egrets.  Out of that confusion came the idea to photograph the litter as if it were wildlife in these natural spaces.  An essential element to bird photography is a field guide, so I merged the two ideas to form the Field Guide to Garbage.  While some images are landscapes to illustrate scale, other images reflect my experience as a portrait photographer where I capture solo pieces of litter in flattering light.  Similar to an actual field guide, habitats, concerned status, descriptions, and facts are included.  This project is ongoing with the following goals in mind: increase awareness about the amount and types of litter; offer eco-friendly alternatives to single use plastics; and clean up our environment.