Scrolling along the top of this post is a project I have been working on (and sporadically posting on instagram under lyle.james.photo) since the start of the year. It involves scanning drinks cans which I have found by the road sides of Scotland.
These range from soft drinks to alcohol (predominately beer) and have all been completely flattened by traffic. Laying in gutters amongst the grime, these items are just another piece of trash until they are cleaned and presented on a pure white background where their aesthetic qualities can be seen. The dirt can be removed but the signs of discolouration and damage from being left outside cannot however, this adds to their mien.
Similarly to the previous blog post, I want to talk about seeing things as they are. Documenting as a passive observer rather than an active participant and discovering beauty in unconventional places. Moreover, I want to highlight the tragedy of humanity’s tsunami of excreta.
This is why trash has an interest for me, there is always a trail of unwanted debris wherever modern humans venture. Garbage being that wretched monument to human evolution - of an animal that cannot stop churning out detritus.
Like slowing down to view a car crash, there is a perversity to chronicling humanity and nature smash together then slowly rot. From these shit piles I hope to find something meaningful, I see it as a challenge to uncover the elixir that just might reverse the damage.
An impossible quest but it is what drives me to document the effect of the careless human hand.