Freshkills Park Blog

Second chances

The first issue of LANDFILL, a new annual publication, features photos of first-person narratives being buried at locations around the five boroughs of New York.  Like PostSecret, but uplifting and signed, and with a physical component in the natural landscape.

It features folks telling the stories of their second chance at life.  The stories were printed on paper containing flower seeds, and buried.  The burials were photographed by Luke Barber-Smith.  In time, the paper breaks down, seeds are released, and new life grows out of the old–just like recycling.

The resonance of a landfill being a site for second chances is not lost on us.


April 10, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | ,


  1. An interesting idea

    Comment by severnyproductions | April 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hello, I’m so happy this found its way here. We actually wanted to shoot inside Fresh Kills, but we were unsuccessful. Many of the shots were on location all around Statin Island, many just outside Fresh Kills though.

    Anyway, thanks for the post—there’s already talks of the next issue to begin late summer.


    Comment by Brian Ponto | April 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Glad to share your project, Brian! Keep us posted on future issues.

    Comment by freshkillspark | April 11, 2009 | Reply

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