Debris, Garbage and Space

When I first arrived in South Korea, I was surprised by the amount of debris and garbage found in the most unlikely of spaces and places.  The large teddy bear-like creature that inspired “Orphaned II” I observed while hiking in a wilderness area; that was one of the most surprising finds.

Much of the waste generated by businesses tend to remain where placed until it is decided to do something with the growing pile.  Municipal workers, hired hands, and volunteers work tirelessly to pick up and clean the messes of others.

There is a grittiness and beauty to it all.


© 2011 Mark Eaton


© 2009 Mark Eaton


© 2008 Mark Eaton

The Observer

© 2010 Mark Eaton

Orphaned II

© 2008 Mark Eaton

Mean Machines

© 2009 Mark Eaton

In A Row II

© 2009 Mark Eaton


© 2009 Mark Eaton

A Chair

© 2011 Mark Eaton


© 2009 Mark Eaton

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I am a member of the International Artists Community, which is based in Seoul, South Korea.  See some more of my work and the work of the other artists at IAC:  International Artists Community

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All photographs:  © Mark Eaton

4 Responses to “Debris, Garbage and Space”
  1. Debra says:

    Fantastic Mark!
    I find trash or the remains of human to be beautiful too.
    A friend of mine here in Jinju knows of a place to shoot
    for things like this. You have motivated me.
    Well done!!!!

  2. koreamaria says:

    Mark – thanks for sharing every month. I especially like that you’ve chosen ‘garbage’ during the spring season of flowers. With the rain and radiation from Japan falling upon us today, it reminds me how fragile everything is and how to see the beauty in what is usually earmarked as ugly or an invisible visible of our daily experience.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you for your consideration. Your comment about the invisible visible is spot on. Mankind tends to become inured to surroundings that become common, hence much is missed.

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