Here is ThermoPlastic, a personal series exploring the aesthetic beauty of thermo-molded plastic packaging. These are engineered to fulfill a specific task, to showcase the product they are containing in the best possible way to attract the eye.
By nature, they are meant to be invisible. So people can toss them away immediately to get to the purchased goods. Their usage is very limited and most of the time they can be found in the recycling bin seconds after they were unwrapped. These are also interesting because it is hard to identify what they were originally containing once striped from their content.
I found these products to be quite poetic, as they are ephemeral and useless once liberated from the product they are holding, having served their sole purpose. But on the other hand, they are beautifully crafted once you take the time to inspect them closer.
I decided to shoot these after getting a pair of headphones on my birthday. I just couldn't toss the packaging aside, I felt compelled to keep it. Christmas was right around the corner and I started to think of all these packaging going to waste. So I called up my friends and asked them to put them aside for me. I gathered a small lot and shot them against colorful backgrounds for people to appreciate their beauty and inherent design qualities.
This type of packaging is often found in the electronics department, but I wanted to have a wide range of products. In this series, I've used packaging for Headphones, Doorknob, Seringes, my screen calibration ColorMeter, Dessert Cups, LightBulbs and Chocolate Bottles.
I was looking for different shapes, sizes and volumes to get some diversity. But in terms of shapes most of these are rectangle as they come in boxes. The volumes though were really interesting and made each piece fun to light. I like the illustrative qualities of this series.
One more reflection on modern consumerism, but rather than hitting onto people's head with moral, I thought it'd be nice to simply take a moment of contemplation at this beautiful waste! Please Recycle!