Back in 2011, photographer Antoine Repessé stopped throwing away his recyclable trash to make a point. Four years later he started turning that point into a powerful photo series he called '#365 Unpacked', which challenges us to rethink our role as consumers.


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During the 4 year period, the Lille-based artist has accumulated over 70 cubic metres of trash: 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg (~1,750 lb) of newspapers, all of which he then separated for an even stronger visual impact: "I wanted to give an aesthetic dimension to my work,” he explains. “The choice of sorting the garbage gives a graphic effect. I tried to produce a perfect picture which evokes something disturbing.”

With his series, Antoine tackles the main obstacle for kickstarting the big changes in waste management or global warming – it’s how invisible these problems are in our day-to-day lives: “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,” remarks Repessé. “I hope my project can inspire change,” - and so do we.

More info: Antoine Repessé | facebook (h/t: featureshoot, demilked)

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This Photographer Stored His Trash For 4 Years And Then Created This Powerful Photo Series

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John L 3 days ago

Oh my, just look at all of the Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Pots there. Any gardener would love to have them given to them in order to start their garden plants inside early. Just fill them with great planting soil, insert a seed, water, and watch them take off. :D

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This Photographer Stored His Trash For 4 Years And Then Created This Powerful Photo Series

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Brenda Olano 3 days ago

That's probably all the cigarettes my grandfather has smoked. That's a lot of money you could have saved, grandpa.

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This Photographer Stored His Trash For 4 Years And Then Created This Powerful Photo Series

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PurpleUnicorn 3 days ago

It's not just the waste plastic here, but the effect of all those chemicals that we should worry about.

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This Photographer Stored His Trash For 4 Years And Then Created This Powerful Photo Series

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Lauren Towner 3 days ago

Some of them are bundles of the same magazine / newspaper stacked up together XD you can still see the plastic strapping on some of them!

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