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Sudden crazy thought: what will future archaeologists think of these... if they still exist in the junkyards of the far off future, perhaps buried under layers of varied detritus ? Will they think these are strange art forms by some middle period hominids?

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Photoworks, Textures


As a junkyard junkie I appreciate these and would have liked to introduce my lens to yours on this occasion. Interesting how three dots usually suggest a face. Something induced in us as very small babies, I suspect.

Yes, we have a rage to humanize! I also like that oddly cute face at the bottom, the gnawing mouth of teeth at top, the rather sweet lips in the middle.

(Oh, and I answered your letter on my blog...)

Interesting - looking at these three my immediate thought was of skin diseases. It is sad in a way to see the demise of great feats of engineering dead in this way. Beauty from decay.

Joe, you a junkyard junkie, really? This was my first foray into one though I've taken similar shots on mainenance-needing spots on working ferries and such. Yes, we do seem programmed to find faces...

Marly, 'a rage to humanize' - I like that, and you've surprised me again with what you see. I guess I'm attracted to the abstract patterns and the textures... (Thanks for that interesting blog post - have commented there.)

Olga, 'skin diseases' sound a bit alarming. Yes, it's a sad sight to see these as junk, yet it has offered moments of beauty too.

I'm one of those who see faces turn into flowers :-) Your photographs are always memorable.

I sometimes think that if there are still people around in the somewhat distant future they'll be mining our dumps and landfills (who said the land needed filling?).

Susan, I see faces framed in flowers in your lovely work!

Archaeology is the fancy name for mining dumps and landfills and its become more and more popular and widespread around the world, and with the internet we learn so much more about it too, don't you think? In the eyes of those future archaeologists, how will our present civilization compare to the earlier ones?