It’s hard to believe, but Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka Professor Dumpster, has completed his 365 day stint of living in his dumpster home on the Huston-Tillotson University campus. I had the honor of making his portrait for the January 2014 issue of Austin Monthly Magazine. When we met up to do this shoot, he had just sold off the majority of his belongings…just about all of his possessions were in a duffel bag he arrived with. He was heading off to NYC to appear on The Today Show, and was about to secure his soon-to-be dumpster home. For the shoot, he had chosen this dumpster behind Shangri-La in East Austin to pose in. As the Austin Monthly staffers Cory Rivademar and Kimya Kavehkar might recall, it was a smelly day full of wet Franzia box aromas, thanks to the foot or so of soaked garbage lining the bottom of the dumpster.
Prof. Dumpster was a great sport. The smell didn’t bother him one bit, and he jumped right into the big metal box. I had him pose with a coffee cup, and then some tiny fake birds. We made little window curtains out of an old dress I wore to a Mad Men-themed party once back in Chicago…which he kept. I’m sure he found a use for those curtains somewhere.
So, without further ado, congratulations Dr. Jeff Wilson - one year living in 36 square feet to show everyone that you can live well with less. Here’s to your next adventure!
For more information, here’s a link to the KXAN story posted today: http://kxan.com/2015/02/04/professor-dumpster-marks-year-living-in-36-square-feet/
And to The Dumpster Project website: http://dumpsterproject.org/