Used once and tossed away, all manner of convenience driven items such as coffee cups, bottled water, sandwich cartons start their life in all habitats and locations from the remotest outpost of human settlements to the urban sprawls of major cities. This jettisoned trash falls from the human hand and mouth to the ground, it settles for a while then begins one of many journeys, sometimes a long and protracted one that may mean traveling many hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles. From the cafes and strees, to the sewer, to the river and out to sea, sometime ingested by marine life and sea birds or else to come to rest on some remote atoll in the middle of the pacific.

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Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA, 2011. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Jekyll Island is located off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, in Glynn County. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands. The island measures 7 miles (11 km) long by 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, it has 8 miles (13 km) of wide, flat beaches on its east shore with packed hard sand.

Location: Soho, London, 2010. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: Daytona Beach, 2011. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: Times Square, New York, 2010. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: New York, 2010. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

He imagined he was watching the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza – only this was 25 times bigger, with tanker trucks spraying water on the approach roads. …. The towers of the World Trade Centre were visible in the distance and he sensed a poetic balance between that idea and this one. …. He looked at that soaring garbage and knew for the first time what his job was all about. He dealt in human behaviour, people’s habits and impulses, their uncontrollable needs and innocent wishes, maybe their passions, certainly their excesses and indulgences …

Extract from Underworld by Don DeLillo, 1997.

Location: Tate Gallery, Bankside, London 2014. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: W 34th Street, New York Bankside, London 2014. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: Louvre, Paris, Bankside, London 2010. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Location: Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 2010. Media: C-Type LightJet Print 30 x 40 Inches | POA

Further work from this project will be online in 2020 

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