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Human Leftovers, by Luca Ellena


Luca Ellena is a young photographer from Freiburg, Switzerland. He explores the question of what humans leave behind when they die. This is the central subject of his project entitled Human Leftovers. What traces do we leave in our environment? In order to answer this question, Luca Ellena takes us to different landscapes dotted with neglected vestiges of human activity. The images inventory relics of human passage on earth.

Luca Ellena’s photos emanate great gentleness but are also a sensitive expression of a certain bitterness. At first glance, the images are beautiful, but the project acquires consistency only in their progression. The young photographer explains that he wanted to show how much chaos and havoc humans leave in their wake. He wants his image to help raise awareness in order to put an end to what he calls “widespread carelessness.” He denounces the fact that discarded objects are left to dilapidate out of sight, in places that are seemingly forgotten. The series Human Leftovers stresses the victimization of our planet and the urgent need to take care of it.


Joséphine Faisant

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