Angela opened a box of natural curiosities from her childhood and found that some things didn't hold up well over time. A sand dollar had started to mold. The rock salt had dissolved on her mineral and rock identification card from 1961. It made me think of the millions of boxes of keepsakes stashed away in attics and basements, all the childhood drawings, the heaps of dated magazines, bins of unusable cords and adapters, vintage technology, musty furniture, all sitting in the dark, where time is left to the long, dutiful job of turning things into dust.
Tennis balls (some torn casings), dog hair, branch clippings with lichen, & a piece of a leash found at a dog park in Sandy River Delta Park, Troutdale, OR.
1. Tennis ball texture detail
2. Dog hair texture
3. Shrubby Sunburst Lichen (I believe) texture
Collection of crab, oyster, snail, & shotgun shells from the beach at Leadbetter Point State Park in WA.
Litter found along Germantown Rd near where I live in Portland. The disintegrated cigarette pack was particularly interesting.
I found this Whitney Houston tape discarded in the forest near my home. It got me thinking about technology and pop culture, how much we value it when it's on the cutting-edge only to fade into anachronistic junk, water-logged, covered in leaves and forgotten. I could almost hear Whitney's dreamy voice pining after Kevin Costner on the walk home.
This is a shot of me pulling tires out of a pond in the Johnson Creek watershed. There were at least 50 tires in the water and surrounding acre. Along the steep embankment were bags of trash in various states of decomposition, dirty diapers, a faux-leather recliner (that sucker was heavy), a large wooden spool, drywall, and other construction materials. But! I also found salamanders under some debris and there were ducks scuttling across the pond.
Details of a blown out tire and cans found along Highway 126 along the McKenzie River in Oregon.
1. Tire, Red Bull, Rolling Rock, & Crush cans.
2. Frayed rubber and wire
2a. Frayed rubber and wire detail