Tag Archives: rust

Goats, Kudzu, and Rotted Wood Walk into a Bar…

5 Mar

Bick wall, hole in the wall, Goat Farm Atlanta

…there’s no punchline. Becuase there’s no joke.
Not really surprised, are you?

What’s incredible, though, is how these three come together and create compelling space. Yes, I said “compelling.”

Humans flock to the Goat Farm in industrial Atlanta for the cool, run down buildings aside the train tracks. Photo clubs (like mine) are in heaven. Funky weddings, trendy businesses, clever adjectives paired with benign nouns.

That Was Then, This Is Now
Once a cotton gin, there are 12 dilapidated buildings on the 12 acre property. Crumbling brick; facades overgrown with kudzu (the fastest growing plant in the South that’s practically un-killable); broken windows; rotted wood. Basically a dream come true…as long as you’ve had your tetanus shot.

Now it’s glory for artists, and goats. Becuase they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I didn’t know why it was called the goat farm until I actually stumbled upon some goats. That part is rather hidden despite being the namesake and all.

Americana the Beautiful
Places like this, tucked away where you don’t expect to find them, are the lore of Americana. History and production. Creativity and productivity. Turning a space inside out. It’s American. It’s Beautiful.

What spaces have you discovered – in your hometown or on the road?

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A Road Trip to See…Cars?

15 Feb

Old Car City, White GA, rusted cars, junkyardThe photo club took a field and trip and what a wonderful one it was! Old Car City in White, GA is home to acres of rusted cars and car parts, with trees and vines growing over and through them. Pollen that stuck to the windows left patterns once it was washed away by rain. Details and the whole. Both so compelling.

We know I have a thing for rust. Not sure why…

Are junkyards particularly American? We certainly find them fascinating–they’re the stuff of lore with ferocious dogs. And now tv shows abound. Perhaps it’s the possibility of a find. The reality that one girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure (a friend used to throw a dating party in our 20’s with that name: bring a guy you aren’t dating and hope to find someone else’s platonic friend attractive to you!).

Want to go yourself? Call ahead. We had to arrange a time and paid a $10 fee. Does everyone have to do that or only sucker photographers who will do anything for rust and dappled light?

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Take the Back Roads–There’s More to See…Like Mailboxes

15 Aug

STOP THE CAR!

Fun when you’re in a National Park looking for animals. A bit chaotic when you’re hunting mailboxes. I beg your pardon, hunting mailboxes? Yes. My whole life it escaped me that the mailbox is yet another expression of personality. So in addition to thinking about what to name my ranch/boat/estate, I also wonder what kind of mailbox screams “Paula.” I’ll let you know when I have answers for all of these essential questions.

In drives across the Southeastern United States, South Carolina wins (in an unofficial poll) for having the most personality with their mailboxes.

Do you currently have a traditional or vanity mailbox?
What kind of vanity mailbox would you like to have?
And while we’re at it, what would you name your ranch/boat/estate?

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All Aboard!

20 Jul

Rusted train and overgrowth

A field trip to the Southeastern Railway Museum with my photo club. Cool trains, groovy cameras, and boiling hot.  A fine day, indeed.

Have you found beauty in modes of transportation? Does rust appeal to you as long as it’s not on your belongings?

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