Monday, March 5, 2012 3:45 p.m. -4 degrees Everything is white outside…swirling…cold. My gloves got wet with the garbage I picked up today and so my fingers became stiff as I worked. I tucked them up into the hand of the gloves.
Max and I spent an hour picking…our findings included a blue flip flop and many bits of fast food packaging, in fact, a whole bag full! Yesterday’s snowman had been destroyed, but the great news is that the six bags I had left at the bin previously, have been taken away!
A gent from the parking lot had just finished up adding oil to his vehicle…he was cold…I didn’t grab his name, but he DID agree to snap our archival photograph.
The thing about this project is that, looking from a distance, the garbage is hidden. Looking close-up, the water’s edge is loaded with plastics and bits of discarded packaging. The grass is entangled in long strips of plastic sheeting and grocery bags. Our perceptions of things can cause us to go on ignoring the filth and the destruction of our environment. It’s time for each person to take the time to really see.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Elmore Leonard