There are many landfills in the small towns across America, and they appear much like the above image - most of them are much larger . These landfills contain many years of trash, refuse, chemicals, and materials both man-made and natural.
Many years ago when I was first learning the skills of photography, I was also learning the back-end of the art - the darkroom. While mixing and using the many chemicals to process the film and then produce the prints, I never gave much thought to their disposal when I was finished with them.
After moving to a small town, it became obvious to me what was happening with these chemicals - they were ending up in the landfill where they would continue to leach into the ground and air for many years to come.
I am so pleased with the direction that photography has taken in the last ten years. The digital camera has been a gift to the environment - there is no need for the toxic chemicals to develop the images.
The batteries in the cameras are rechargeable which is another positive for the environment.
It is a good feeling to be able to enjoy this art that I so dearly love and not have to worry about the damage that my actions would be causing to the environment. And all the money that I am saving is just an added bonus!