Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Mosaic 2009

DSC02687 James Witt wheelbarrow collection


THE RED WHEELBARROW*
William Carlos Williams

     so much depends
     upon


     a red wheel
     barrow


     glazed with rain
     water


     beside the white
     chickens


Lovely Tara of Paris Parfait sent me an invitation to join the Flickr group Earth Mosaic 2009. Members of the groups are asked to submit a photo on Earth Day, April 22nd from where ever in the world you may be. Tara submitted two great iconic images of Paris. I chose to use a local photo taken right here in Palo Alto. Our friend James Witt is a homebuilder here in town who lives in a neighborhood called Barron Park, where his garden is adorned with objects he found on the properties he purchases.

It seems that every lot he buys has at least one leftover wheelbarrow. Rather than tossing them in our overflowing dumps, he leans them in an elegant, purposeful manner against his garden fence.

DSC05446 wheelbarrow collection

His tool shed is a still life composed of old tools and other curiosities. It would be nice to sit around a campfire, and listen to tunes strummed on the old guitar. Imagine the stories the tools could tell of their life's accomplishments before their well-earned retirement.

DSC02525 James Witt shed

James placed these bottles on this beautiful flatbed cart precisely where they can catch afternoon sun.

DSC02679 James Witt bottle cart

DSC02680 four backlit bottles

DSC02681 two sunlit bottles 

I’m sure some of you car buffs out there can tell me what model car this is; I have no clue (Packard, Studebaker?). Its rusty patina blends beautifully into its surroundings..

Update: Thank you , James for telling us that this is a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster. 

DSC02758 James Witt car

What I appreciate most is how James gives real meaning to the phrase “trash to treasure”. Is there a better way to celebrate Earth Day?

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* Many thanks to George of Transit Notes for posting the wonderful poem by William Carlos Williams!

10 comments:

paris parfait said...

How creative! Love these images and his whimsical ideas. The wheelbarrows are terrific! xo

Ruth said...

I'm inspired now! I've seen folks do this kind of thing before, and I was sure I wanted to do the same, then I didn't. I saw someone build a fence out of old farm equipment - it was more like a hedgerow, and it was soooo cool.

Really fun, thank you so much!

james said...

1948 chevrolet fleetmaster
hey dont laugh its paid for. great shots i will have a party this summer so you all can see the old stuff around here

A Cuban In London said...

The first three or four images are joined together by their symmetry and almost perfect uniformity. Many thanks to the photographer ;-).

Greetings from London.

Postcards and Coasters said...

How wonderful that he reuses items left behind. Isn't that a show..."Trash to Treasure"?

It looks like art to me! I bet the changing light and weather reflect beautifully off the bottles.

dutchbaby said...

Dear Paris,
I really like how James arranged those wheelbarrows too.

Dear Ruth,
I can't wait to see your creations; you have the space and the creativity!

Dear James,
Thanks for the info on the car. Who's car was that? I look forward to the party!

Dear Cuban,
Thanks for pointing that out; now I'm thinking about recropping the car photo, just to keep the symmetry going but I hate to lose the autumn leaves.

Dear Postcards,
I don't know that show but I'm sure I would like it. It sure looks like art to me too!

Caio Fernandes said...

what beatiful and inspiring blog you have!
thank you very much for the oportunity of have contact with such sensitive pictures.you made my life and my world a little bit better today.
if one day you visit my blog,i hope you enjoy .

dutchbaby said...

Dear Caio,
Thank you! Welcome to dutchbaby!

Relyn said...

You have told me before that you don't have a fancy camera. That you just want to point and click. Do you know how unfair it is that you point and click and get images like this?

Seriously, these are lovely images. I also really appreciate the reminder that beauty can be found in anything. And everything.

dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
I don't remember saying that I don't have a fancy camera, because it is on the fancy side. I think I said that I only use it in point-and-shoot mode because I'm simply not nimble enough to be able to make all the manual adjustments before the opportunity vanishes. My camera, a Sony DSC-H9, does not shoot in raw, only in JPEG, but it does have a Zeiss lens.

I also use Photoshop quite a lot. I try to only bring back the images to my visual memory of the scene but I have to admit, I went a bit overboard with the bottles here. I feel a bit guilty, but I just couldn't resist. To make up for it, I think I'll upload the straight-out-of-the-camera image for these on Flickr.

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