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'E-Waste' Photo Shoot Turns Forgotten Electronics Into Art

By Brian Spaen

Photography has the power to evoke emotion while sending a message, and that’s exactly what Benjamin Von Wong capitalizes on in his work. His latest project focuses on computers and electronic accessories that are tossed into landfills. Giving them a second life in breathtaking imagery, he hopes to spread awareness about how important it is to recycle these products.

According to Von Wong, 142,000 computers are thrown away in the United States every day. This contributes to a lot of electronic waste, and only 15 percent of it is recycled. That’s an extremely inefficient amount as most computers and other electronic devices are used for a handful of years before being discarded. Electronics feature many parts that can be recycled and used in some form again.

Since talking about “e-waste” is not a very exciting topic, Von Wong is spreading the message through photography. He collaborated with Dell after learning about their recycling program at the SXSW (South By Southwest) 2017 event last year in Austin, Texas. The computer company uses a closed-loop recycling process where they repurpose parts from old devices, like plastic and gold, into new equipment.