Haute Trash (locally pronounced “hot”) is a very bizarre set of fashions by various people in the Nevada County area and surrounds. As you can see above, the idea is to make something “hot” (as in sexy) from trash. This showing was highlighted by garbage dragged out of the Yuba River the same day during the annual river clean-up day where scores of volunteers climb/ wiggle/squat/reach/drag out some of the mess thoughtless fools leave there. I participated once and it was simultaneously both the most discouraging and the most encouraging volunteer work I’d done in years. The things that this year’s team removed are either fashioned into clothing or disposed of properly.
Shooting the show presented a couple technical problems and one struggle with my personal feelings. Most of the models were obviously not trained in modeling so getting the shot when they stopped moving was impossible if they never stopped moving. The light was changing rapidly by passing clouds and approaching dusk mixed with high ceiling lights. The emotional part came with photographing young children modeling their trash. Some were young enough for me to have a hard time looking at them at all in swimwear and I felt severely limited in the shots I could take with their faces in them even tho this was a completely open show with the public invited and camera’s not prohibited. In the end, I opted for group shots for the children and went with my gut feelings on ages above that. And believe me, there’s no human way to tell the age of today’s women. None. Zip. Nada.
Anyway, hit their site from the link above and pass along the tip because these people work all over the place and might be in YOUR town next!
The series of Haute Trash will just be scattered in my main gallery as I’m offering the original images to the group for their usage (or disposal!) as they see fit. :-) I’m also donating 50% of any sales profit I receive so snatch these up fast! Woo hoo!