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French artist hoards his trash for 4 years, and the resulting photos are powerful

A clear-cut metaphor for the waste we collectively produce, whether we admit it or not.

Antoine Repessé is just one of countless artists using his medium to discuss environmental issues. But the photographer from the North of France wanted to simplify his statement, to leave the hard data to others, and strike a chord with dramatic photos.

His series #365 Unpacked shines a light on our problematic habits as consumers to go for single-use and heavily packaged products. For four years, Antoine collected packaging waste that included 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg of newspapers. Take a look:

“The choice of sorting the garbage gives a graphic effect. I tried to produce a perfect picture which evokes something disturbing,” says Antoine.

“We’re often told about the quantity of waste we produce, but I think the impact of a picture can be more powerful than a ton of words,” he adds.

“I hope my project can inspire change.”

We hope the success of Antoine’s photo series inspires more artists to follow suit. For any result to scale and be sustainable, it has to reach the far corners of the global community. And of course, the change has to come from each and every one of us, beginning from our own individual capacities.

For more of Antoine’s work, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.

And for more of the #365 Unpacked photo set, click the link below.

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