Finding Bananas in the Snow

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Stubble: How did you find that banana right there?
Taylor: I was walking in the door and I looked to the side and there it was.
Brian: That’s right – there was the banana.

Stubble: Have you sort of developed skill in finding bananas in the snow?
Taylor: Yes, I always have to keep my eyes… peeled.

Stubble: I get it!
Taylor: That’s a banana joke
Brian: But yeah, once you start doing this you really do notice them. Like anything, I suppose. If I were looking for apple cores I would see more apple cores and it would seem to me, “Wow! All of a sudden there are so many apple cores everywhere” even if they had always been there.

This project is not really about that and it’s also not really about some sort of madness that I have towards bananas. What started the project was one winter I was walking home from work and I saw this heavy bag hanging on the fence – a plastic bag, one of those super cheap thin bags – and I was like “Well, I wonder what’s in this. I’m going to look in this.” and it was a bunch of bananas and they were totally black. It was January, in the middle of winter so I figured they had been out there for a week or longer – they were rock hard. They were bananas, but they were almost de-banana’d like they were so far away from what they were before.

Stubble: How does this banana compare to what you usually find?
Brian: This banana is fine right here, you know if it were covered up in leaves I’d probably brush them off, it were in a bad light I may move it a few feet, but I try to keep it accurate to how I found it.

Stubble: It’s like a golf ball – improving its lie.
Brian: Exactly, it’s possible to maybe put it on a better background for contrast. On the dirt it may not come out, so I’ll move it over to the snow.

Stubble: What is it that you’re trying to get across with this project?
Brian: Honestly, I have no idea what the project is about. From then on, I just started documenting every banana peel I come across. There’s been this loose idea in the background that there’s all kinds of litter around and the fact that there are banana peels in the middle of North America where it’s non-native in the middle of the cold winter… and the banana industry has a crazy history, so that now banana peels and banana remnants and banana litter are just part of the litter landscape. It’s bizarre, it’s just strange.

Stubble: I’m also surprised that people eat bananas, that they walk around and eat bananas. Can’t say I see that often.
Brian: And I’m sure there are all kinds of other examples of that that you don’t see too. Bananas really opitimize that, I think. I like to think about the people who drop them too, maybe they have a sense of humor about it – ah! I dropped my banana, the old banana gag.
Taylor: They’re also a pretty kind of litter. Apple cores? That would be disgusting.
Brian: Yeah! They have a really nice linear quality to them. They curve and they undulate, formally they are very nice shapes.

Stubble: Bananas peels in the winter especially just remind me of death. Maybe it’s what you were saying earlier about the fruit being so foreign here, but they look like sad little dead bodies.
Brian: If you look at the hashtag from last year – #WBOM2014 – that’s “Winter Banana’s of Minneapolis” because you have to give everything a name – it’s something you could do all the time. I’ve considered that, but documenting in the winter seems more appropriate.

Stubble: I’d like to see something in the spring of what comes out of the snow banks when they begin to melt. I’ve seen some odd stuff.
Taylor: We were actually doing that last year. Called it “#SpringReveals” and kept track of all the weird things we found, like I found a knife once.
Brian: Yeah, that was a great one. I just hope we keep finding weird shit.

Brian Hart and Taylor Dahlin are artists in Minneapolis who post photos of bananas to the instragram hashtag #wbom_2014_2015.

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