What I Couldn’t Throw Out

First posted almost 8 years ago. Mark is now 42.

The kids all grown up and gone now, I’m still going through stuff in my house. Trying to clean it all out.

These animals with their faces, ugh.

Do you find it easy to throw things out?

From 2010.

WHAT I COULDN’T THROW OUT

Purchased in 1977 in New York City at Creative Playthings. Rubbery farm animals.  Nice to clutch and carry around when you’re almost two. I bought them for baby Mark who’s 34 now.  Maybe the paint is unsafe for the grandchildren, plus they have a hole in their stomach so whatever dirt and mold in the basement the past 20 years is living inside them.  I put them in the contractor bag to drag to the curb and I swear the cow’s eyes looked at me.

I took them out.

Photographed them.

Their faces have the loveliest expressions.

Christmas Tree and Couch, Curbside

Clintonville. On Calumet. In Columbus.

No kidding.

That’s a lot of Cs.

I saw this Christmas Tree and the couch waiting for pick up. Some people put their trees out right after Christmas.

Maybe the trees have up since Thanksgiving and the needles are dropping like crazy.

Guaranteed Distraction?

“What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny!”?Weekly Photo Challenge

Garbage.  Unexpected.

I’m fascinated by trash. Litter, too. Funny thing is, I find it difficult to throw things away.  Here are previously featured found garbage photos. I even did a Garbology post.   “the study of a community or culture by analyzing its waste.”

Here’s a sample of my photos of cat trees, toilets, chairs, aquarium, couches, champagne bottles, old televisions.

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We Were Going to Use It

We were going to use it

IMG_6772Waiting for garbage day pick-up.

Do you know someone who purchased exercise equipment and regretted it later?

Or joined a gym and after an initial effort, quit going BUT  failed to resign so paid a monthly fee for years?  Hmmmmmmm

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning’s Trash Discovery Started the Snowy Day Captures

Two hour delay for school this morning. Teachers to report on time or as close to it as they can, safely.  I was making it!

I drove by “the find”. but when I got to the top of the intersection by school, I turned around on the snowy hill and went back and captured what I saw in the trash.

Snow on a discarded cat tree started my day.

cat tree in the trash

The snow on the cat tree shapes caught my eye.

Across the street( from my second turn around) I saw these windshield wipers standing at attention.

WindshieldWipers in the snow

Then on the way home from school, I thought I’d see how my favorite tree in the nearby park was looking with the snow on the branches.  Looks identical to my other photos of this particular tree in the park when it snows but I felt happy it was there.

tree in snow

I like it when a color photograph looks black and white

The snowman was a bonus and I even got out of my car and trudged through about 6 inches to find him with sunglsses, branches for arms and a carrot nose.  As my friend V, who had been shoveling earlier, said “The snow is perfect to make a snowman.”

snowman

How the light changes throughout the day. When I got home, The Mary statue I rescued from someone’s trash a few years ago had a halo of fresh snow.  She was painted by the puppeteer, Laura O.

our lady in the snow

Our Lady in the Snow

Garbology

Garbology. It’s an academic course of study.

I’m thinking about trash.

Loyal reader Stef doesn’t get my fascination with photographing trash.  I don’t totally understand the attraction to it  myself. But I am thinking about it.  Our family will be dragging out quite a bit of garbage after the holiday.

Litter.  Dumpsters.  Abandoned couches on front lawns, receptacles overflowing onto the sidewalk. We humans create a lot of waste. And the garbage collectors come every week, to my amazement.  I think it’s a hard job.

You can get a degree in garbology and analysis waste (something  like an anthropologist)   a way study cultures- current or ancient.  Anyone collect those Garbage Pail Kids, the trading cards from the mid 80’s?  I think there are still a few around the house in a box somewhere.

I haven’t been photographing much garbage as of late but here’s the dumpster right at the entrance of Heinz FIeld as people are entering the stadium.  Not difficult to analysis and gather information from this collection.   Wonder if someone is going to recycle all the beverage containers.

 

My mother always said,  “You can tell a lot about someone by their garbage.”    How is your trash?

Heinz field Garbage

 

 

Do You Even Think About What You See in the Trash?

Due to Penn Avenue closure, I ended up in a Bloomfield Alley and caught this trash scene with the iPhone as I waited to get out into the main road.

Do you think people get tired of looking at what’s on their wall?

trash

Whose Chair?

Found in McMurray PA on my way home from a First Bday party last Saturday evening.  I’d pulled off the main road cause I was traveling the wrong direction. Before I went to pull out I was able get the camera off my seat as I sat at a stop sign and catch this chair. Canon 70-200 lens on 5D.  I shot at ISO 100 and I wish I had changed it to 4oo.

McMurray PA