Wesley Law’s | Baled: Photographs of America’s Recyclables

November 27, 2012 § 1 Comment


Great new Kickstarter find. Wesley Law is a St.Louis based commercial and creative photographer with a very worthy and fasciating Kickstarter project. Taking recycling as his subject matter he has discovered the inherent beauty found in the process. His Kickstarter goal is to take a series of large format pictures and to eventually follow these bales of clothing and plactic as they make there way across the globe.

From hIs Kickstarter page:

“These recycling bales are of enormous proportions. Some are 5 feet tall and extend wider than 7 feet.The realities of waste in this country are very different from what most people on this earth experience. We are not forced to live among our refuse, knowing the immediacy of its decline, unaware of the process it undergoes. Our waste is conveniently carted off by mainly unseen forces. The average American discards 4.34 pounds of garbage each day. The majority of which ends up in a landfill or gets shipped overseas. Almost 200 million pounds of donated clothing was sold in 2011 by one non-profit in particular. The vast unknown quantities not sold were baled and sent away. It is the products of our everyday lives, so easily disposed of, that I am concerned with in these images.

These recycling behemoths become like faces, each one having a story inherent in their lines and symmetry. I am fascinated by the lifespan that is particular to them and that relationship to ourselves. After being processed in the United States by various non-profit industries, they leave and are shipped to parts of the country and the world. It is my hope to eventually be able to document their entire journey, traveling to and witnessing their eventual reincarnation.”







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