First World’s Problems: Black & White Challenge

I’ve been nominated by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist to participate in the 5 Photos / 5 Stories Black and White Photo Challenge. You must check her blog. She’s indeed a scientist, photographer and writer and a frequent flier. You will be delighted to travel with her through her photography and to learn easy and fun science’s experiments, that even you can do. And the icing on the cake is to hear what she has to say about all of that.

At the same time, I’ve been also nominated by Janet at Sustainabilitea to join the 5-day Black and White Challenge. I’m sure you will love to check her blog where she looks at life through her writings and photography. Janet makes stunning photos with her smart phone that makes people wonder why having a DSLR.

I’m combining the two nominations; this is my third post for the double 5-day challenge.

Well, it’s Monday. It’s not that I chose garbage for lacking inspiration today. What actually annoyed me and inspired me, was the sight of that fridge and couch standing for 3 days in the streets, because someone decided to place it outside before the collection date, as determined by the city administration’s policies.

I’m not turning into a garbage’s philosopher here, but think about this. People who do that kind of things, are the ones who open the window of their cars and throw garbage away; assuming the world as a big litter.

The second photo draw my attention because of the box of a TV asking the owner of that thing to ‘Feel the Beauty’. Obviously the person sees beauty only inside their houses too. Another one using the world as a big litter.

The last ones, organized appropriately, in the right date, and placed outside for collection.

This was a 1st world problem’s rant, I know, and that’s exactly why these behaviors amaze me.

For day 3, I’d like to invite my fellow photography buddy Julia at Mamamaitri to join me in this challenge.

The rules of the 5 Photos-5 Stories challenge are:
1) To post a photo every day for 5 days
2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem)
3) To nominate a different person each day

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29 thoughts on “First World’s Problems: Black & White Challenge

  1. Seems strange to say that I find photos of garbage to be stunning, but they are very good, well composed, crisp. I especially like that last one.
    My neighbourhood does the same thing – puts their hard waste out ages before it’s due. But other times, it’s pretty neat around here. xxx

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    1. Not strange at all. A bit grungy beauty…thank you.
      Mine is pretty neat too.
      This one of the fridge was quite an exception. Surely they got a fine as many people left messages on it and may have called the city administration.

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  2. In Berlin, it is very common that people just put their garbage on the street. I see mattresses, old TV sets and Christmas trees (yes, even today on the first of March!) sitting outside in the rain all the time, even when there is no collection anytime soon. I guess that someone just started this habit and everyone took it up – quite annoying indeed.

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      1. It’s very uncommon outside Berlin to do that. I guess that’s because in smaller cities, people are more conscious about what their neighbours think, and more aware of the fact that they might actually report them to the police.

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        1. It’s big city (mis)behavior! Anonymity stimulates that. This specific place I showed is an apartment complex that it’s used by the city hall only for temporary rent. I guess people really don’t care about what neighbors may think of them and bet nobody reports anything.


  3. And so here you are using trash as a subject for your post. While you may not have intended it, the use of monochrome gives your images that extra substance that goes beyond the images. They easily become commentary about society. The monochrome helps the viewer focus on the pervasive aspect of trash in daily life.

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    1. You very observant Sally and I’m learning a lot from you.
      I haven’t indeed intended to do that, and I am happy to learn of the effect the monochrome produced.
      Thank you so much for the lesson. Appreciated.


  4. Every year where I live there is something called “heavy garbage pickup”. It’s usually twice a year, but it’s only going to happen once this year. Thank goodness! The municipality chooses a date they are going to start collection, but in order to have your stuff picked up it must be placed at the curb WAY BEFORE that date (I think it’s about 2 weeks). The idea is that it gives people time to scavenge, and it allow garbage crews to access how many loads they will need to cary away. IT DRIVES ME NUTS to have to look at this trash at the road for so long. As you might have guessed, I don’t take part in this.

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    1. I can imagine how you feel. It would drive me nuts too.
      We have weekly collections, and that’s why is unjustifiable behavior to leave stuff there days before. It happens every Thursday morning and people can bring things outside already from 10pm on Wednesday. Enough time to scavenge.

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  5. Three days early is too early but around here, people sometimes put things that are still good out a day early to give others a chance to take them. We did that at our old house in Cleveland, especially when we were getting ready to move, and people took almost everything. That was great because it was being recycled in the best possible way and reused.


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    1. People do the same here. Trash and still good stuff goes to the streets. We have weekly collections though so there is no need to leave stuff there days before. It happens every Thursday morning and people can bring things outside already from 10pm on Wednesday.
      Most of the times things are collected by people that come from Romania in Eastern Europe to scavenge it.
      Alternatively, we can bring all disposables to a huge warehouse which is open daily.


  6. Hmm what a curious scene with the refrigerator and couch! And yes, the owner of the Feel the Beauty TV surely doesn’t appreciate maintaining the same beauty found in our cities and nature!
    Garbage is an interesting theme to shoot… It’s such a part of the urban landscape but I too wish that especially here in NYC there were less of it or that it be better organized and recycled!
    Great photos as always!

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    1. Thanks Lia. Garbage is indeed a good theme to shoot. After the ones I may go outside capturing more during collection day…
      I watched a documentary about people who don’t buy food at supermarkets anymore but live from food collected in NYC and Amsterdam’s garbage containers.
      They showed how many things were still packed and not yet expired. It was an interesting report.

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      1. Oh indeed I’ve seen people “dumpster diving ” ..they’re called “freegans”… It’s interesting because indeed there’s alot of food and other items thrown away by supermarkets that might still be good…!


  7. Litter DRIVES ME. If yiu have the energy to buy your soon to be garbage you have the energy to put it in it’s proper place! Arrrgh

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