Recycling litter into art

Candid explores our surroundings through what we leave behind. I started this project to experiment with ways of using elements from the environment to create my work rather than simply photographing them. While collecting materials I became fascinated by litter and the locations where I found it.

After collecting litter throughout the pacific northwest, I converted the cans into pinhole cameras. To fully incorporate these cans/cameras into the project, I photograph the locations where they were collected using the dry-plate tintype process. This process creates an image directly on the can itself. For the final documentation I returned again to photograph the finished piece in their original environments.

This project is supported by a 2016 GAP grant from Artist Trust.

View the site for the Seattle section of this project here: