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PHOTO ESSAY: TRASH PIECE

Submitted for your approval: 3 years. 9 neighborhoods. 25 pieces of trash.

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A lot can be gathered about a person from their trash. Greasy paper plates, leftover boxes from an online shopping spree, deflated graduation balloons, mangled cat trees, clothing shed like snake skin, a 30 rack, and crumpled pages of an unfinished novel. All of these details offer a glimpse into another human’s life.

Eventually, our unwanted belongings come together in a landfill. Is it then that our dreams collide? Manmade hills and valleys of replaceable objects serve as the meeting grounds for our collective unconscious. Slowly, they eat away at the earth and the back of our minds simultaneously.

As the captions indicate, the bulk of the images were shot between 2018 and 2019; they focus on the Greater Boston area and New York City. The images are part of an ongoing project that explores the two cities with man-made land, but for now they’re just a collection of trash. Maybe I’ll go walk around a landfill one day.

-VS

Vincenzo Salzano is a self-taught photographer, based in Brighton. Their subject matter is found on the street and always candid. 

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