Lower East Side early in the morning on Rivington St. the familiar ‘klink-a-klink-ka-dink’ on the pavement has begun. A chorus of four-wheeled shopping carts, a downtown disco beckons me up and out the door with my camera seeking their majesties the Bottle Queens.
My portfolio of transformative photography documenting the untouchable status of woman forays through NYC garbage collecting bottles and cans for the cash redemption value of a nickel.
These renderings reflects my abiding intrigue of her, their lives and their community, a sustainable network for over a period of three years.
The resulting photos of the Bottle Queens is part of 88 piece exhibition and became the overlying deep dive into the eco system of redemption, recycling and redefines Iconic.
Ultimately the focus of my work is to raise awareness the Bottle Queens raise necessity - it's not passion, or preference it's a necessity. (of course I'm quoting Jeff Haden)
Ever wonder what happens to the bottle once it's been it's been redeemed or where it's being recycled and what if it's not redeemed or recycled who collects nickel deposit? Equally paramount what if China stopped importing our cargo containers filled with plastic bottle?