Madlen Hirtentreu just loves photographing bins

Date
21 July 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For one Estonian photographer, trash isn’t just treasure, but a rich, and possibly stinky font of creative inspiration. Madlen Hirtentreu got in touch recently with a simple missive: “I usually capture images with [an] analog camera and lately started to photograph trash bins in the early mornings… have a look.” There’s not too much more to say about the project really, but have a look we did, and found something oddly compelling about these pictures of dustbins. Each overspilling vessel tells a story go what once was: the parties, the shared pizzas, the lunches grabbed on the go, the mop cast aside for a newer, shinier number. It’s rather poignant in a way, but rather comical too. Essentially though, it’s just pictures of bins, and there’s nothing really too wrong with that.

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Madlen Hirtentreu: Trash bins

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Emily Gosling

Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.

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