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Trash talking

A photo essay by Chris Moses
9 May 2020
Posted in Arts & Photography, Featured

Chris Moses

Chris is a photographer based in the Southside of Glasgow. He co-founded Gulabi Photo Lab


The bins in Govanhill spill over with half-finished stories. Pizza crusts, broken chairs, damp mattresses, rotten meat. Things that don’t end well on the street.

Glasgow City Council pledged £3m to install 5,200 new ‘big’ street bins across the city by the end of 2020, switching old metal cans with plastic wheelie alternatives. The Govanhill Replacement Bin Programme is due to be finished soon, but that hasn’t stemmed the flow of complaints to local councillors about the steaming mess often found in the area’s backcourts.

In 2019 I commissioned Chris Moses to photograph the rubbish in Govanhill, with the idea of exploring other ways of seeing the problem. The rubbish is unlovely, and unsanitary – and it definitely stinks – but does it have another side to it? Here is a journey into the twilight in Govanhill.

Introduction by Natalie Whittle

Number of missed bin collections (reports to Glasgow City Council, September 2018-August 2019): 31,198 Source GCC

Number of formal complaints over refuse collection (to Glasgow City Council, September 2018-August 2019): 2,997 Source GCC

Number of missed public litter bin collections (reports to Glasgow City Council, September 2018-August 2019): 6,812 Source GCC

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