Rotten by Joe Buglewicz

I’m not the tidiest person out there. I can definitely let things go and live with an indecent amount of filth (not that I do), but even I never tried to find beauty in decay. Especially when that decay is food related. I tend to feel ashamed for being wasteful if that ever happens. That’s why it rarely does. At least in my house and in my fridge. Joe Buglewicz’s fridge is a different case. The man not only let the things rot – he took pictures and came up with this! The set is called Rotten and it’s all in the name. Every and each picture in the set is, undoubtedly, full of decaying fruits, vegetables and other victims of food abandonment. Something we all saw so many times and for so many occasions. But, lets face it, in this case everything is a bit off. Photographed in the same manner as all those supermarket goods these Rotten groceries attract attention. Attention for detail. Attention for the power of nature that gives and then takes it back. Nature that does that in so many different and subtitle ways that if you look closely you suddenly see beauty in decay.

Smooth Yeti


These Oddly Lovely Photographs Of Rotten Food Will Make You Rethink Your Waste              

Rotten is a series of photographs of all the moldy food that a photographer found in his fridge over the course of a year. He hoped that by documenting it, he’d let it happen less. Will the same thing happen when you look at it?

Every year, Americans throw away nearly half their food. Half! That discarded food is estimated to be worth nearly $165 billion a year, which is not only a fairly damning indictment of modern consumer society, but also bad business. Of course the macro view—while good for grandstanding—isn’t always the best way to look at things. Sometimes it’s better to get up close and personal with the ugly side of life, which is just precisely what the photographer Joe Buglewicz did with his series, Rotten, a visual exploration of spoiled fruit, vegetables, and (in one instance) a particularly odorous sandwich. The images are vile, but also serve as an artful reminder of just what perishable really means.