Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

The Dumpsters of Oberlin 19

June 15, 2017

11 responses

  1. Very nice texture


    June 15, 2017 at 3:11 AM

    • Thank you, Pier. Texture is certainly one of the features of the material world that often appeals to me. There’s more to this sort of photograph for me, though, as I write in the About section: “Photographing anything helps me affirm the reality of the physical world. Photographing the built environment—door handles, garden hoses, industrial exhaust fans, peeling paint, rusty vehicles—may give me the greatest opportunity to express and convey my most passionate conviction: that the physical universe matters and is not to be taken for granted. Things like door handles and garden hoses are residents of the material world that we usually regard as unremarkable. Isolating or focusing on common objects can move them from unremarkable to extraordinary. By concentrating on the commonplace I mean to call attention to its formal qualities—such as shape, color, tone, line, and texture—and so to illuminate the substance of matter.”

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      June 15, 2017 at 11:13 AM

      • That is a very interesting and inspiring thought. I will look into your blog much more carefully. I would appreciate if you could have a look at my articles and share your opinion. I think that it could be an incredible opportunity of mutual learning


        June 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

        • Thank you. I can’t say that every post on this blog supports the ideas I state, but the photographs that please me the most do that. I will spend some time on your blog. Thank you for writing here.


          June 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM

          • Thank you for reading by articles and giving your feedback. This type if interaction is what I value the most


            June 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM

  2. I love the colours in this current set of Dumpster images, Linda. The tonal range is attractive, the blemishes stand out. I liked the quote you used in answer to a comment by Pier, I sign up too to that way of thinking and seeing. It also fits neatly with what the great Elliott Erwitt said about: ‘finding something interesting in an ordinary place’.


    June 16, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    • Thank you, Andy. Although I liked what I saw in my viewfinder, the camera was seeing more than my eyes did. I wear glasses that turn dark in the sun, and I never saw the reflected blue sky that turned the top part of the dumpster purplish until I downloaded. I wondered if it was fair to let the images retain that color in the processing since I hadn’t seen it myself, and I decided that the purple was too attractive to be swept into the weighings of fair and not fair. Thank you for naming Elliott Erwitt. I didn’t recognise the name but Googling to get to his website showed me that I was familiar with many of his images. Thank you for letting me see them again and for telling me what he says about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.


      June 16, 2017 at 2:42 PM

      • The colour purple didn’t bother me – I just thought it was a bit of spray paint added. Trimming the top off the image would remove the majority of it of course…
        Erwitt is famous for quite a few ‘quotes’. In fact the quote I gave you starts by saying: ‘photography is an art of observation’. Amen to that.


        June 16, 2017 at 5:43 PM

        • Amen to your amen! (What I cropped off the top only removed a tiny bit of the purple.)


          June 16, 2017 at 8:26 PM

  3. For some reason the glare-y parts work better for me in this photograph than the last one. These colors are absolutely scrumptious! You might as well be photographing flowers, or food. But I’m glad you’re not. 😉
    Love your statement above.
    Re another comment – fair vs. unfair – it’s still so much about choices we make. We do make those choices!


    June 18, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    • Maybe you like this one better because the glare-y parts here take up less of the real estate and are better distributed over the picture plane. At least that’s what I think now that I compare the two again. Yes, choices.

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      June 18, 2017 at 5:27 PM

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