By Frances Roberts and Richard Levine
I hate to say it but we love garbage. Not necessarily to take home (YUCK!) but at least to photograph. There’s something about seeing the detritus of human existence out on the street. What makes someone throw away something perfectly good or how did something get that bad that it took them that long to throw it out?
Remember when we all switched over to digital television from analog? All of a sudden there were television sets sprouting on the street everywhere you looked. To this day old analog sets still appear every so often in the trash. We’re surprised that no one is running around collecting them for their own personal museum of obsolete technology (or maybe there is).
This was actually part of a conceptual art piece, or maybe it was a performance piece, or maybe it was just sculpture. It was, however, mighty cute, and it’s a shame that someone hasn’t come out with this idea commercially (hear that Hefty!).
This is something you really don’t want to do. In 2001 we suppose this was an appropriate use of old computer equipment but better to do this:
Recycle your obsolete or broken technology through a number of different places including this one, Lower East Side Ecology Center (which is now actually located in Brooklyn). Ooooh, look at all those MacPros’s. In the interest of full disclosure we have to admit that we once found an iMac in the trash, brought it home, and used it for several years until the power supply exploded (and yes we were fully backed up).
Looks like someone had a very Merry Christmas. This was before the economy imploded and in the last four years there hasn’t been a collection of discarded boxes and wrapping paper like this since.
We really couldn’t end this posting without at least one dig at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The people that bring you seemingly bizarre and random service disruptions. Littering is the biggest cause of track fires and you really shouldn’t throw your trash onto the track. But nonetheless it does get there and the MTA is actually supposed to pick it up. With all the service cuts I hope they are collecting these bottles and cans for the deposits.
Richard Levine and Frances Roberts, of Levine Roberts Photography, are a husband and wife team of photographers covering politics, environmental issues, the economy, business, and social and cultural issues in the Big Apple. See more photos from their collection on Newscom.
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