Wordy Wednesday #237: Junkyard Art

“Junk is the ideal product… the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.”— William S. Burroughs

Back in the good ole’ days of film, one of the things that artsy-fartsy photographers liked to do was go to junkyards and shoot all kinds of abstract and colorful images of the junked cars stacked throughout. Nowadays, operators of salvage and recycling facilities are offended if you call their operations “junkyards,” even in fact, if that is what they really are.


Before we moved here to Daisy Hill, there was a nearby foreign car junkyard that I used to go to get parts for the less than dependable cars I drove at that time. I struck up a casual relationship with the owner, whose wife was a talented photographer, and he allowed me to photograph the yard after hours when no customers were present.

pentax-fisheyeAll of which points to one thing if you were thinking about trying the same thing: Be nice to people and ask their permission to make photographs. If they say “no” you’re in no different position than if you haven’t asked and if they say “yes’ you might just make a friend and a few interesting photographs.

This image was shot with a Pentax DSLR and smc Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED Fisheye zoom with an exposure of 1/500 sec at f/95 and ISO 200. Image was tweaked in HDR Efex Pro.

In the spirit of the season we’re having a contest. The van at right is obviously a Ford but what about the blue van at left. The first person that tells me what brand it is (click the Contact button and send me an e-mail) will receive a signed copy of one of my books.

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-2-07-47-pmIf you like to play with image in either color, monochrome or a mixture of the two, Please pick up a copy of my book Creative Digital Monochrome Special Effects that’s available at affordable new or at —almost free—used prices at Amazon.com

Author: Joe Farace

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