Even though, perversely for a landscape photographer, I tend to seek out uglier-than-average places, this possibly wins the prize for one of the least glamorous locations I’ve photographed. It’s a very sizable field of human excrement on the road from Sharjah to Dhaid in the United Arab Emirates.
It’s part of the excellent work being done by Beeah, Sharjah’s award-winning waste management company. This drying field is one of the early stages in their process of converting sewage into valuable compost. The commodity is eventually resold into the local market at 11 Dirhams (or $3) a kilo. Not a bad price for a pile of ….
Note from the editor: this photograph is the second in a series called “Consumption” that seeks to document consumerism’s impact on the environment. From resource extraction and commodity production all the way down the supply chain to retail stores and waste processing facilities, Richard artfully examines what nature has come to mean in a world that depends on buying stuff.