A photograph of six Bristol Waste workers has been installed on the Burg Arts community billboard this month, as a way of saying thanks to the people who keep our streets clean and tidy.
Colin Moody submitted the photograph to Adblock Bristol as part of the ongoing Burg Arts project on the disused billboard in St Werburghs, East Bristol.
“I was walking around Bedminster looking at all the people coming and going on East Street and I noticed that the road was clean and tidy, and these lads were all stood in a row outside one of the cafes. We had a little chat and I asked to take their photo. Love a bit of banter. And here they are. Keeping our, their, your streets clean so we can all enjoy our life. Standard.”
Moody added, “In my photography I try and give a voice to those who we might not hear a lot from, or to peek into lives in a meaningful way that makes us realise how many layers of community there are in this city. We don’t always notice one person so when groups form in unexpected places I love to snap that and engage with my subject. Hands up for the waste team. Top job.”
Out of the selection of photographs that Colin submitted to the project, we chose the picture of Bristol Waste workers because it builds on research by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Their 2009 report A Bit Rich argued that:
Every £1 spent on wages for recycling workers creates £6 of social and environmental value. Conversely, for every £1 generated by advertising executives, they destroy £11 of value.New Economics Foundation report, “A Bit RIch” 2009
The Burg Arts project showcases community artwork as a positive alternative to corporate advertising displayed on billboards in the area. It is run as a not-for-profit project on a billboard that is no longer in commercial use. Artists wishing to submit ideas for the billboard can find more infomation on the Burg Arts webpage.
Above: Colin Moody’s photograph of Bristol Waste workers. Installed in January 2020