All the images in Steven Duede's "Evanescence" photo series are from his compost bin in Boston. Photographs from the series have been featured at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Danforth Museum of Art, and they are currently on display at The Fence in Boston.
Before starting the project two and a half years ago, Duede said his focus was scattered among various projects. The compost project was "much more stimulating, much more dynamic and had a far greater scope."
Duede said he has taken hundreds of photos of his compost bin over the years. He'll shoot from multiple angles and choose the most balanced, dynamic shots for the series.
The flowers featured in the images are from Duede's own garden. "I've been a gardener off and on," he said. "I've always been very drawn to organic things."
Duede is interested in documenting objects that have lost their functionary purpose. "Obviously, food is very useful to us, but then we let go of the food and it becomes this decaying, beautiful object," he said.
Duede, a lifelong artist and painter, was drawn to the rich colors and textures in the compost bin.
After transitioning to photography in 2008, Duede said he enjoyed the "instant gratification" in photography.
Duede has no plans to stop taking pictures of his compost bin. "I'm kind of just digging in all the time, no pun intended," he said.