Consumed is a visual documentary project of consumption in America, specifically New York City. The images are a mix of landscapes and abstractions of waste streams. This body of work aligns with New York City's mission to become a zero-waste city by 2030.
Consumption is synonymous with western culture. Desires are sold as needs,
and the convenience of what is new often proves irresistible to consumers. The
Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American produces
4.4 pounds of trash every single day. The global average is almost half of this.
For many people, thinking about the impacts of their own consumption may not
be a priority. Yet consumption—and its byproducts—affect every being on the
planet. And too often, the most vulnerable are affected first.
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