FlowerPower 1. Items include nylon pinwheel flower and vintage painted wooden trim from the old shed/coop we took down.
FlowerPower 2. Items include the pinwheel, some of the wood from above, an old iron engine piece and a battery of some sort.
FlowerPower 3. Items Include a few of the items above in addition to some iron pieces picked up along the train tracks. I especially like the intricately cut piece of Victorian wooden trim.
D I G I T A L P H O T O G R A P H Y — Taking down an old shed on the property earlier this spring, and bulldozing the backyard, clearing away decades of old wild roses and brambles, I found a ton of interesting stuff. Well, interesting to me. I had to keep grabbing stuff and bringing it around to the front of the house away from the guys that were doing the work so they wouldn't throw it in the dumpster. As it was I did a dumpster dive every night and always found a few things that had 'gotten away' from me. Everything was junk to them, as perhaps, it actually is, lol.
I love to find stuff, arrange it and take photos, seeing what works and doesn't. It's a great exercise in subject and placement, and I find satisfaction in creating distinctive abstract images out of not much at all. I've kept all of the individual pieces, and have used some of the iron/steel pieces around the gardens. I've planted basil in the circular rusted engine parts, in pots set into the opening, and have had many compliments... The heavy iron 'J' is an old railroad item, and have about 25 of them lining one of the gardens on top of the wooden railroad-ties borders. The rainbow pinwheel will probably end up on a piece of wooden art in some manner, and the decaying wood with flaking original blue paint will definitely be used as borders on my wooden art. I've been drying out those painted pieces since April and they will look really great under several coats of polyurethane. You'll also see a piece of bone here and there, either from 'wild' animals, farm animals or just food items tossed out in a pile. This old house was a working farm until the early 20th century so there were all sorts of old dump sites too.
I will probably print out these studies and use them on wood along with the original objects for a sense of depth and to illustrate the passage of time. I love looking at an actual object at the same time I'm looking at a photo of it from another period of time. Many, many of my pieces have photos of my earlier pieces incorporated into them to give a timeline in a sense, and to give future art historians something to study, lolololol.
I have several groups of images like this from this same week of deconstruction, and will post them soon.