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Some people take out the recycling. Paho Mann digs through it for artistic inspiration.

In his ‘North Gateway Transfer Station Project,’ commissioned by the City of Phoenix, Mann visually explored the consumption habits of Arizonans by sorting through recyclables and organizing them by type and color. The result is a stunning set of images that can act as beautiful starting points for considering the resources and economics that contribute to the physical realities- the detritus- of consumption.

Mann’s other projects systematically render consumption visual- one website catalogued all of the contents of his apartment, while another photo series documents re-inhabited Circle Ks in California and Arizona. From blurry, nearly floral blobs of color comprised of recyclables to images of carnecerias and karaoke clubs that were once convenience stores, Mann’s photographs draw beauty from often ugly suburban reality.