Entry Title: "Recycled Beauty"
Name: Laurie Frankel , United States
Category and Expertise: Still Life, Professional


Entry Description: 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.

About the Artist:

Laurie Frankel's work occupies a place somewhere between carefully considered and playful happenstance, with compositions that are at once beautifully restrained and filled with exuberance. The warmth of Laurie's personality is evident in her photography. In each shot, her enthusiasm and her affection for her subjects come through. Whether photographing people or places, Laurie captures the romantic, the whimsical, the gritty, and the quirky in a genuinely fresh light. Laurie’s background as an art director for various industries aids her ability to create dynamic, communicative, and novel work, whatever the genre.