How I got to photograph Trash bags

In the locations and subject matters of my shoots I learn a lot of things that I otherwise never would.

From the history of cowbells to the history of Tequila, from diving in underwater caves to rappelling into caves of mountains.

It’s all learned and experienced through the camera that I carry.


One of my last assignments for Glad trash bags offered another curiosity; People just LOVE the scent of Gain laundry detergent.

Who would have known there are “Gainiacs” out there?? People so crazy about the Gain smell, finding it so “divine”, they make everything smell like it?

Well,  I now know. I have been initiated into the world of Gain scent!


When Glad  introduced their trash bags with the Gain scent they wanted to tell this story. It was time to let the “Gainiacs” know trash bags now came with their favorite smell!

And I was the photographer to be a part of it…


During the preproduction meeting of the shoot I got a rare insight into why the creatives wanted me to work with them on this assignment. It was quite fascinating for me as I’m never privy to the discussions of why an agency chooses a specific photographer.

When the agency introduced me to the client they described why they had chosen me specifically.

There was the light quality, bringing something ethereal to the image. The photograph could not be flat but had to have an airy sense of excitement about something mundane as trash bags.

There was the way I photograph women; Respectfully beautiful.

Then there was, to me, the really interesting part; They had looked at the way I photograph flowing fabric and found me perfect to make the trash bags visually more engaging than the plastic it is. To make them flowing in the air with grace as our hero woman in the ad impatiently ripped them out of the box and into the air to soak up the Gain scent….

Erik Almas Advertising photographer Flowing Fabric flowing dresses small_2


I was surprised about the detail my images were looked at. In the end this helped both me and the final photograph as I decided to approach shooting the trashbags just as I would a flowing dress; With fishing line and wind mashines…


Erik Almas Advertising Photographer Glad_Small


If you want a good laugh check out this short clip of us shooting flowing trash bags in the air…





A big thanks to the Advertising Agency Alma for trusting me to make trash bags look beautiful, seeing beyond plastic into the sensual flow of fabric of couture dresses…



4 responses to “How I got to photograph Trash bags”

  1. Jenn says:

    They definitely picked the right guy to make trash bags feminine and beautiful.

    And that clip! Ha! Fan boys for the win.

  2. tish goff says:

    This is my favorite part: “There was the way I photograph women; Respectfully beautiful.”

    Thank you for that!

  3. Vicky Scesa says:

    Well done, making an everyday object not so everyday…the true test of an image maker!

  4. Anisul Hoque says:

    That’s the way to distinguish the difference between average and real talented photographer. You showed how to crate great photo from garbage.

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