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Artist captures photos of Christmas rubbish on the street


Christmas is a time of consumption… (Picture: Chloe Juno)

A photographer has amassed a collection of pics showing litter from everyday life.

Chloe Juno has taken to snapping photos of the detritus she’s found on the streets of Brighton and Hove every day since 2014.

She adds the pictures to her Instagram account @chloejuno almost daily, and has said that many of the items she photographs are things she’s used herself.

Chloe has described her collection as ‘an archaeology photo project, a street museum of now, looking at the cost of living’.

Her pictures showing Christmas litter are particularly telling of a holiday which, while important to many for non-superficial reasons, also goes hand in hand with consumerism.

Her photos include pictures of discarded present labels, santa hats, decorations, an advent calendar, wreath and takeaway Christmas dinner.

A gift tag for Rachel (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A gingerbread man who’s a little worse for wear (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A forgotten Greggs bag (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A party popper (Picture: Chloe Juno)

She writes: ‘Our capitalist and disposable culture has sharpened my focus, especially when I’m looking at aspects of consumerism and consumption.

‘Everything we discard ultimately weaves together, creating a big picture of our lives now.’

Santa will be missing that (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A broken Christmas decoration (Picture: Chloe Juno)
Didn’t know Santa liked Stella (Picture: Chloe Juno)

Chloe added: ‘Over time, and as the collection has built, patterns have begun to form, the rubbish representing a section of a city and revealing our collective experience.

‘All the work is made within an area I grew up and connects to my life.’

A half-used advent calendar (Picture: Chloe Juno)
Broken ornaments are a common thread (Picture: Chloe Juno)
An inflatable tree (Picture: Chloe Juno)
That would have been pretty tasty (Picture: Chloe Juno)
Maybe this just blew off soomeone’s door? (Picture: Chloe Juno)

Her plan is to eventually publish a book of the photographs in 2021.

By that point, the project will have been going on for seven years.

Poor Santa (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A box full of Christmas lights (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A slightly wonky mini tree (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A label for a gift for Grandma (Picture: Chloe Juno)

Chloe’s also found a new genre of litter since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Many of her non-Christmassy shots feature face masks, both single-use and fabric, which have been dropped on the sidewalk.

These don’t look used (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A mask with what looks like makeup on the inside (Picture: Chloe Juno)
A mask next to a cigarette butt (Picture: Chloe Juno)

She also finds and photographs a lot sexual items, such as condoms, a box of viagra, and a shattered bottle of lube.

If you’re interested in buying a print of one of her photographs, you can head to Chloe’s website where some are available to buy.

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