There is a big trash problem in the US. When looking at cold numbers and statistics it’s really hard to get your message across . on the other hand, pictures of real people lying in a 7 days worth of their own trash, that will get anyone’s attention. Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to put a human face on the trash problem in the US and created the 7 Days of Garbage series. This series is a set of photographs featuring real people from different socioeconomic backgrounds literally lying in their own waste
In the artist own words, he explains what it is we’re looking at ” 7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulated in the course of a week. 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 point of the images is to obviously draw attention to the amount of garbage we produce, and maybe encourage people to do their part to help with the problem.
” We’re just cogs in a machine and you’re not culpable really but at the same time you are because you’re not doing anything. You’re not making any effort. There are some little steps you can take to lessen the amount of waste you produce”