Beautifully Lit Heaps Of Trash At Night

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There’s something at once lighthearted and sad about Benoit Paillé‘s photographs in the series Jour du Déménagement (translates from French as “Moving Day”).  Discarded furniture, boxes, mattresses and other household items sit in piles waiting to be picked up by the garbage truck.  The photographs are taken in the dark, seemingly in the middle of the night, and the trash lit by a single bulb.  Little attention is paid to garbage on the curb; at night while everyone is sleeping it’s completely forgotten.  Regardless, items we’ve lived with often for years quietly sit there all night.  The scene is reminiscent of food in the refrigerator, and wondering what happens when the door closes and the light goes out.

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Benoit Paillé has been attending Rainbow Family Gatherings for seven years, allowing him incredible access to communities that traditionally do not permit photography. Paillé’s extensive chronicles span continents and offer a softly lit view of gatherings in Canada, Spain and Mexico. Each photo captures relaxed — and quite beautiful — subjects in a world we wouldn’t ordinarily see.

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