Shopping Totem, 2010 by David Welch

HHS! 2011 Contender David Welch

The totem pole has long had multiple purposes—to reflect cultural beliefs and storytelling, to portray artistic expression and even to publicly shame debtors. It’s likely Contender David Welch was well aware of the layered reading of totem poles when he constructed and photographed a series of his own totems for his current project Material World. In the series, discarded products that are ubiquitous in mass consumerism are stacked tall and made the central focus of the images. The objects that once provided material comfort are now making apparent the excess and waste we often overlook. Read more…