Tim Gaudreau's Self Portrait as Revealed by Trash


All photos courtesy of Tim Gaudreau

Earlier this week we talked about how taking stock of your trash can help you figure out what habits to change to get closer to zero waste. But what if you wanted to make sure that the effect lasted beyond a day of dumpster diving? You might try photographing it all.

That's what artist Tim Gaudreau has done. Check out his incredible artwork created by photographing everything he through out for a full year.

The project is called: Self Portrait as Revealed by Trash: 365 days of photographing everything I threw out

By focusing on all of these images, I came to attach new meaning to my discards. My trash became memorialized, no longer merely throw-aways to be forgotten forever, but now somehow useful. This collection of images intimately displays what I do, what I consume. It reveals me.

Photographing everything that is tossed and looking back at it is a surefire way to know what your habits are that create the most trash, and adjust your consumption to minimize that waste.


"I believe artists have considerable responsibility as cultural instigators to ask questions, raise issues and challenge assumptions; we must communicate a relevant vision about our world and society," Gaudreau says.


He considers himself to be an eco-artist, and beyond using green themes for his art, he also uses green practices. His studio takes walking the talk seriously:

In our effort to be green, here are just a few highlights:

We have re-purposed an old barn into a green studio at our home reducing a daily commute to 0.
Our studio is heated from wood pellet biomass and passive solar from windows, thermal mass and air heaters.
our home is entirely heated by wood.
Our vehicles run on 100% soybean oil/Biodiesel and get nearly 50 mpg.
We grow the majority of our own food.
All work stations are task-oriented and compact fluorescent lit, reducing unneeded electricity consumption.
We compost the majority of our waste.
We chose natural, organic and sustainable harvested/manufactured goods.

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Tags: Environmental Footprint | Photography | Recycling | Waste