Second Life

By  |  June 15, 2015
Albany, Kentucky | all photos by Greg Ruffing Albany, Kentucky | all photos by Greg Ruffing

Artist: Greg Ruffing

Project: Yard Sales

Description: At yard sales around the country, discarded and unwanted items are given a second life—and sometimes a new purpose. Greg Ruffing documents this informal trading system in his photo series, Yard Sales.

Greg Ruffing is a native of northeastern Ohio and now resides in Chicago. His artistic practice focuses on themes relating to material culture and consumerism. Find more of his work at

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.