This work started out with frustration, frustrated with the litter I saw everywhere. However, at the time I was reading a book at the The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and one of the premises of the book was taking looking at things in a different light makinga negative a positive. So I thought about how to turn this into a positive while doing some street photography.
It was mid-day and sunny so I decided to use my shadow to interact with the garbage on the street. For fun I thought that some boundaries should be placed on the project:
1. No touching the object before I photographed it.
2. Use a shadow.
3. Pick up the litter after.
This series was done over a few weeks and I can to realize quickly the intricacy of shooting in this style. The images could only be taken from about 1-3PM each day, after and before the shadows cast were too long and I could not properly frame the shot. The time of year came into play to, as it moved closer to winter the time of day became earlier to take these shots and eventually a very limited window to photograph occurred. It was also challenging to express emotion with just one hand and a shadow, the correct piece of litter needed to be found to really get the images to work.