I spent some time last weekend photographing Robert Morrison and Food Not Bombs in Columbia, Mo. Food Not Bombs is an organization which helps to reduce food waste through collecting, preparing, and redistributing edible food which commercial vendors will not sell. As Morrison makes his weekly rounds, he's happy to accept donations, and he's also happy to hear if a vendor has nothing left over to donate. "We're about waste," Morrison said "If you can use it, we won't!"
The challenge for this project was to photograph an entire story with a single day’s worth of work. As someone who usually takes months for my own series, regaining a journalistic timeframe and deadline process was a departure from working comfortably. I’ve worked with Robert and Food Not Bombs in the past, and honestly the story of food waste and redistribution of edible waste in this community is a much larger story than a one day project. I felt limited by the immediacy of this deadline, and I’m excited to devote the true time required to follow the path of reuse in this community.