Broken, rusty, wasted and lost

It has become a habit of mine to look for metal on the streets. Once you start looking, you find all kinds of metal pieces, more or less broken and rusty, and certainly very wasted and lost.

I pick up some of them, bring them home and keep them like treasures. I occasionally snap a few shots to share on Instagram. Here below are a few photos I shared in 2017.

While putting them together, summarising another street combing year, I realised I can also use them to start off the new year. A reminder to keep my eyes open for anything around (or inside) me that is broken, has gone rusty or feels wasted and lost. Is it really lost for good, or is some of it just waiting to come back into the spotlight again?

I wanted to share these thoughts with you. We all need to let go of things, and to move on. Still, don’t give up hope on the rusty sides of life. Perhaps things are just biding their time, until the right moment comes again?


12 thoughts on “Broken, rusty, wasted and lost

    • I’m guessing you’re refering to the cut off piece from a bike lock chain? I’m so with you on that! Actually, I’ve collected lots of those. I work in Amsterdam, a city full of bikes, and it’s not hard to stumble upon those remains of bike thefts. I’ve learned that those simple steel pieces have amazing shapes, and are all different. I’m glad to hear this one speaks to you, thanks!

    • I’m glad this speaks to you Claudia! Well, you’re the master of finding things, so it means a lot coming from you! 🙂 You too, happy 2018, I hope the year is going well so far!

  1. Hi Gunilla! I realize while this is an older post of yours – I can’t help but notice how geometric some of these cool shapes are. I just wrote a post on my blog looking at metal in a similar light to your findings here. I’d love if you’d give me some of your valuable viewpoints/ feedback over there. I’ve been enjoying all of your Instagram posts, especially too. Happy 2019!

    • Hi Patricia, with apologies for the delay, I’ve finally had a look now – wow, that piece does resonate with me! Perhaps not from the same angle or focus you wrote about, but in a very special way to me.

  2. I love how your photographs demonstrate how an ordinary object can become abstract art when singled out for open-ended observation.

    • I still remember how excited I was when I had found that particular piece! I first thought of it as a seabird (perhaps a swan), but then it became a Viking ship. I keep it on the window sill in the studio, it’s such nice company!

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