Antoine created the project to really help people understand how much waste they're producing. "We’re often told about the quantity of waste we produce," he said. But I think the impact of a picture can be more powerful than a ton of words."
By sorting the waste into categories, Antoine could photograph the waste in the type of setting where the original product could have been consumed. It's almost as if people are going about their normal lives, but they're being haunted by the ghosts of garbage past.
Antoine elaborated on the effect that sorting the garbage has on the photos. "The choice of sorting the garbage gives a graphic effect," he said. "I tried to produce a perfect picture which evokes something disturbing."
Playing video games may be a fun activity, but it's less fun when all the water bottles from games past are still with you. Of course, most people remember to clean their homes regularly and get rid of the bottles. But that doesn't mean the bottles simply disappear.
It's not really a surprise to find out that the trash we throw out doesn't magically disappear when it's hauled off by the sanitation department. But with Antoine's photos, you get to really see how much waste we're really making. And it might be more than you would think.
"We're often told about the quantity of waste we produce but I think ... the impact of a picture can be much more powerful than tons of words," Antoine said to Upworthy. "I tried to produce a perfect picture which got something disturbing because what I'm talking about isn't nice at all."
Antoine Repessé admitted that he himself is no saint when it comes to waste. "To be involved in this project made me more conscious, but I'm still not perfect," he said. However, all the items he used for these photos were then either reused or recycled.
If you want to keep up with Antoine Repessé's work, be sure to visit his website. And also be sure to be more aware of the amount of waste you're creating on a regular basis. Or just be like Oscar and be okay with surrounding yourself with as much trash as possible.