To Discover a Story - Photographs by Carolina Rapezzi | Interview by W. Scott Olsen | LensCulture

Italian photographer Carolina Repezzi unfolds the story behind this arresting portrait of a young water seller, taken in the Agbogbloshie e-waste scrapyard in Ghana

This award-winning photo was made in a hellish place that has become one of the biggest electronic waste dumps in the world. Carolina Rapezzi, an Italian-born photographer now based in London, won the single image category in the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2019. One photograph among the many that make up her project Burning Dreams, the image is of a young woman called Rashida selling water in the Agbogbloshie scrapyard and electronic waste dump in Accra, Ghana.

Burning Dreams

For too many years the concept of "distance", when it comes to waste disposal has not been taken seriously.

or too many years, the concept of "distance", when it comes to waste disposal, has not been taken seriously. We have underestimated the consequences of shipping our waste and e-waste abroad, hiding, burying or simply accumulating it in landfills far from our eyes, without questioning or checking the disposal systems in use.