One of the coolest places to visit in Antarctica is Deception Bay. You have to go through this narrow channel to get there and you basically go inside what was once a volcano. Now it is a giant bay and years ago whalers used this area as a place to harvest their whale catch. There are stories that there was so much blood from butchering the whales that the whole bay turned red now it is long abandoned, There was a volcanic eruption not too long ago and much is buried. What you can’t bury are these rusted old whale oil tanks. I love rust and including them in this landscape.
I’ll switch gears from my typical landscape images and return to my rust and decay series. This is a shot of a handle on a boxcar at a railroad yard. I liked the color and geometry as well as the hint of rust.
Nature has a way of claiming what is hers. So many times in my travels I see nature taking back what was hers. This was very evident in this shot. I stumbled upon an old box car and it was rusting away. Out of the rust was the beginnings of a new plant. Maybe in 50 years there won’t be anything but a pile of rust and dirt and a lot of new plants. Made with an IQ180 camera from Phase One.
While wandering around the water front of Buenos Aires I cam to a series of derelict ships that look like they were tied to the docks there and forgotten. This ship looked like it used to be some sort of big dinner cruise boat. It was completely stripped and all the was left was rusting metal. Now of course I love rust and decay and I really liked the symmetry.
Every now and then I need a rust fix and this is as good as it gets. I have been re-woring many of my images in my spare time and I just love the way this one looks. It was shot with a Phase One camera so detail and dynamic range are exceptional. It is a shot of a tank like vehicle used in Antarctica to get around in the snow. For some reason Antarctica environment makes the best rust. I just love the geometry and color of this shot.
Hard to believe that in such a pristine place you can find tanks. In antarctica on one of our stops we came across these tanks with aircraft rotary engines in a field near an abandoned US Research base. You must know if you are a regular follower that I have a thing for rust. And, of all places in this snow field I got my full dose.
This is an image I shot in Alaska. What a great and wonderful state to photograph in. There is a certain quirkiness found there. You drive down the roads and strange things just present themselves. On one of my trips to Denali I took a moment to shoot off to an old train museum. Where else can I find rust and decay? While I enjoyed shooting there, next door I found an airplane junk yard. And in this junk yard was just an old plane cockpit. I don’t know where the rest of the plane was, but this is the shot of the cockpit. Kind of has a lot to say.
There was this big old steam ship sitting at a dock as a tourist attraction in Saugutuck, MI. The ship has since been moved to Canada where it will be restored and become part of a ship museum. I have shot this location a number of times. The elements of the ship and the old lifeboats have given me plenty of good exposures. This is the anchor and I like the strength and colors.
One of the coolest place to visit in Las Vegas is the neon Boneyard Museum. This is where many of the old and classic Las Vegas signs have been taken as they get updated. A place of color, peeling paint, and rust. All the things I like.
Once again on one of my walk a bouts in Chicago I saw this image on a bridge in . Carefully lined it up and waited for the person to come into the frame. Do you like it? Kind of cool, It shows a lot about Chicago, old, new and lots of riveted steel and iron. Taken with a Phase One P65+. Yes you can do street photography with it.
I love wandering different antique markets, stores and wherever else looking for the unusual. What I find is usually something rusty and maybe colorful. This was at a small antique store near Saugatuck MI. I used my iPhone and shot this with Hipstamatic. Tight cropping and colors work.
Buenos Aires is a very interesting city to visit. Beautiful and sometimes dangerous but also mysterious. The shipyard area which is dangerous so I am told is cool place to take pictures but probably not the greatest place to visit. No one told me that though. So, liking rust and all I came across docks full of rusty boats and if they weren’t at the docks someone drove them down the river, grounded them and walked away. An awful lot of junk and rust and you know how I like rust. This is one of the resting hulks. Always wish I knew the back story. How did it get there, when, why etc.