A photographer has amassed a collection of pics showing litter from everyday life.
Chloe Juno has taken to snapping photos of the detritus she’s found on the streets of Brighton and Hove every day since 2014.
She adds the pictures to her Instagram account @chloejuno almost daily, and has said that many of the items she photographs are things she’s used herself.
Chloe has described her collection as ‘an archaeology photo project, a street museum of now, looking at the cost of living’.
Her pictures showing Christmas litter are particularly telling of a holiday which, while important to many for non-superficial reasons, also goes hand in hand with consumerism.
Her photos include pictures of discarded present labels, santa hats, decorations, an advent calendar, wreath and takeaway Christmas dinner.
She writes: ‘Our capitalist and disposable culture has sharpened my focus, especially when I’m looking at aspects of consumerism and consumption.
‘Everything we discard ultimately weaves together, creating a big picture of our lives now.’
Chloe added: ‘Over time, and as the collection has built, patterns have begun to form, the rubbish representing a section of a city and revealing our collective experience.
‘All the work is made within an area I grew up and connects to my life.’
Her plan is to eventually publish a book of the photographs in 2021.
By that point, the project will have been going on for seven years.
Chloe’s also found a new genre of litter since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Many of her non-Christmassy shots feature face masks, both single-use and fabric, which have been dropped on the sidewalk.
She also finds and photographs a lot sexual items, such as condoms, a box of viagra, and a shattered bottle of lube.
If you’re interested in buying a print of one of her photographs, you can head to Chloe’s website where some are available to buy.
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