VIDEO: 4,100 POUNDS OF E-WASTE GETS RECYCLED FOR A PHOTOSHOOTDate: 2018-03-12
"How many lives do our electronics have?" asks Benjamin Von Wong, throwing a dead laptop onto a pile of other forgotten laptops.
Von Wong's three-scene-evolution of tech is made entirely of discarded, forgotten, components; circuit boards, keyboards, laptops which all adds to E-Waste.
The photographer uses his photography as a way to make a positive social impact. Von Wong and his team remind us that less than 15% of E-waste is recycled. The rest of it ends up in landfills, thanks to us users. Only we have the power to reserve their trend, which is why Von Wong made sure to feature a human component in the photographs. The empowered human subject, curled between a sea of keyboards and standing at the centre of circuit-board archers could be any one of us.
Each set was made from Dell's E-Waste recycling program. 50 volunteers spent 10 days going through the e-waste, sorting them into groups of laptops, circuit boards, and keyboards. Like gods, we could choose to give these powerful components new life, or, we could choose to forget they ever existed.
Below you will see the magnificent results of Benjamin Von Wong and his team of volunteers.