For the visual interpretation of this word, I wanted to challenge a bit the actual definition of it, and shed a bit of light to just what extent all of our things are actually “disposable”. I’ve been taking photos of trash for as long as I remember, but never thought much of it at the beginning, just random I suppose. Soon thereafter though I realized what took so much of my attention, was what the trash consisted of that interested me, what was being thrown away. I concentrated mainly on this through household objects and pieces of cloth, specifically because it is not things that are intended to be used and then just thrown out. These are things that were not only useful, but even essential to our day to day life, and still ended up in the same place as the rest of the stuff, on the street floor.
When we step back and look at the things that we throw away, it really speaks volumes of ourselves as a species. Instead of trying to repair or restore, we replace. We change things for newer, slightly improve things, that will in turn be replaced by newer, slightly improved things, and so it goes.
I suppose this is just a friendly reminder that we should dispose of fewer things.

Monty Kaplan is a photographer and an ex-film editor and director from Argentina. He is currently based between NYC and Buenos Aires. Photography became the answer to his frustrations from the film industry because it is so simple and immediate. There’s an autonomy to it. Kaplan believes that the only constant is change, and he shows this in his work. Photography is all about capturing a certain mood, but “being as I am bipolar, and as a result, a pretty eclectic person, so too is my work.” Kaplan strives to document what he sees with his camera, and then process them in a way that heightens his personal view.

See more of Kaplan's work on his website and Instagram. // SHOP Kaplan's VISCERAL8 prints here.

See Kaplan's series for VOLUME I : FORM here.