exposed

What is it about rusting metal, old grungy junk, 
paint coming off of a piece of wood on an old building?
I know that if this was on my house or garage I’d be scraping it off
and applying new paint.  But when it’s on an old structure, like the 
antique shop we visited over the weekend, it seems to be charming, and 
I want to photograph it. Have you had that experience, too?
What draws your attention? 
Is it the surface that is being exposed?
Or is it the facade that is failing?

11 Replies to “exposed”

  1. I think the exposed surface and the failing facade draw equal attention from me. Do all facades eventually fail? Does what's underneath give the facade permission to fail when it's secure enough to be exposed?

    1. Excellent questions, Erin. I have to answer yes to both. Fake appearances don't last forever. I have come to understand that when we know that we ourselves are truly Enough, then the true self comes forward. Easy to say, difficult to allow to happen.

  2. It's a mystery isn't it? In my personal surroundings, everything is modern and sleek. And yet, I am attracted to photos of disintegration and decay, rust and peeling paint. A paradox for sure.

  3. I think it is the visual element — the textures and lines make the composition interesting, no?
    I was very taken with an old slumping garage at a house that we were viewing for possible purchase, and thought how charming it was visually. Then I realized that this garage was about to fall down, which made the property less attractive for a sensible buyer, but not for the photographer.

  4. For me, it's dreaming about what it looked like before and how beautiful it was when it was new…and how beautiful it is now that it's not new. When we look closely we see the beauty of the imperfections of life. Love the photo!

  5. Love your photo, the colours and textures are gorgeous. I know what you mean – there's a gate I pass with peeling paint and fantastic textures that I love to photograph and yet if it was mine I'd be out there with my paint brush! Maybe we let go of 'perfection' when it doesn't belong us to and can just allow it to be beautiful in it's own right.

  6. I know exactly what you mean. It's charming anyplace but your place…or maybe your neighbor's if they're bringing down the value of yours with their "charm".
    I thought of that saying "like watching paint dry"….but what came to my head was "like watching paint peel". Clearly I am overdue for days (that's more than one at a time) off. Have a great day Deborah.

  7. I find peeling paint and rust fascinating textures! But as Susan said, "as long as it's any place but your place!" My neighbor has a falling down fence that I would probably photograph if it wasn't something I have to look at each day as we drive by!! Something interesting to think about!!

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