Wordy Wednesday #202 “Junkyard Art”


In a different, less politically correct world you might call this junkyard art but even junkyards themselves these days prefer to think of themselves as recycling centers.

Then there is the whole concept of shooting in junkyards, long an established trope in photography schools. Nope, can’t do it anymore. Conscious of their image, most junkyards won’t even let you dig around for parts (although some will) and if you ask for permission to make photographs the answer will be “no.” How then did I make this image? The owner’s wife is a photographer and was familiar with my work but most people won’t be that lucky. You can always ask the owner and be nice and show examples of your work to demonstrate that you’re trying to make artistic images. It’s worth a shot.

This is an odd (and old, made in 2006) photograph; odd because these days even a rusty VW Bus is worth close to $100,000. Yup, I don’t get it either but nostalgia is a powerful pull on car values. But why would anybody graft a VW Beetle body on top of a VW bus? One can come up with many scenarios, none of them likely the truth.

The image was shot with a Samsung GX-1S back when they made cameras. Lens was an smc Pentax-DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL and was captured with an exposure of 1/180 sec at f/11 and ISO 200. Image was process in Topaz Texture Effects.

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Author: Joe Farace

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