This work takes its inspiration in finding the beauty of ordinary contemporary things we use and discard everyday and combining them with nature. The amalgamation of the two complete opposites allows us to look at things in a very different way. These photos highlight the extraordinary amount of disposable items in our lives we use for an instant but then live on for years, while nature renews itself in a seamless continual rhythm. Pulling trash out of a dumpster and giving it new life that can live on indefinitely in a new form allows even trash to have a great beauty.
Laurie Frankel is an award-winning still life, children’s, lifestyle, food, and interiors photographer based in San Francisco. She has been known to tromp through swamps, bribe giraffes, charm distressed babies, and hang precariously from ceilings in order to get the right shot. Frankel’s experience as a creative director continues to shape both her graphic sensibilities and her collaborative approach to photography. Her imagery has been recognized by the International Photography Awards, Communication Arts, Graphis, Luerzer’s Archive, the APA, and American Photography, among others. But, most importantly, we think people leave their experience with Laurie with a sense of warmth, humor, and that the whole of the their contributions have created something far, far greater than the sum of their parts.