by Nathan Marsh in New Photography on Wednesday 6 February 2013

If you waste enough of your life sifting through the media ocean that is the Wikimedia Commons, you occasionally find illuminating gems like Fridges Damaged by Hurricane Katrina: ‘Many refrigerators, even those that did not suffer from flood or wind damage, had to be discarded due to the effects of having food rotting in them (with infestations first of maggots, then of toxic mold) for 6+ weeks with no electricity in the hot southern summer. These were hauled out to the curb for eventual pick-up; often their owners decorated them with slogans or folk art. The first Halloween after the storm, some people costumed as such refrigerators’.