#365Unpacked: Photo series highlights waste and aims to get people to rethink their world as consumers

Photographer Antoine Repessé collected his recyclable waste in different rooms of his apartment for four years to create his photo series, #365Unpacked.

Back in 2011, the Lille-based photographer stopped throwing away his recyclable trash to make a point. He also gathered waste from his friends and family – cans, bottles and cardboard – for the #365Unpacked photo series, seeking to emphasise the importance of recycling and sustainable packaging, as well as to make people rethink their world as consumers.

#365 Unpacked showcases different consumers – including a couple at the dinner table, a runner, a woman at the breakfast table, a smoker in his car, and a woman sat on a toilet – with their consumer waste piling up beside them and around. Each image seeks to show what might happen if consumers continue to evade the mounting litter problem.

Antoine Repessé, who launched the #365 Unpacked series in 2015, said: “I hope my project can inspire change. 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.”

For the #365Unpacked series, Antoine Repessé’s litter amounted to 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg of newspapers, which for the purpose of his project he divided categorically into types.

He added: “I wanted to give an aesthetic dimension to my work. The choice of sorting the garbage gives a graphic effect. I tried to produce a perfect picture which evokes something disturbing.”

Antoine Repessé Photography

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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