This pile of discarded furniture was a couple of doors down from where we had photographed a woman and her child a month earlier. Because this woman was not willing to sit for a second portrait, she sent us, instead, to the Living Arts and Science Center, where we happened upon Elissa. She could not sit for us at that time, but promised to pose on the old couch in the morning. This was the first of only two photoshoots for DISCARDED that were arranged in advance.
Image and text by Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, Discarded project.