Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

The Dumpsters of Sarasota 23 through 38

January 2, 2019

So many dumpster photographs, so little time. I’d rather not post all 16 of these photographs at once, but I am plagued by a surfeit of riches. The outing that produced these dumpster photographs resulted in many goodies, and I want to get through them all in a reasonable length of time. Feel free to quit looking at any point. 🙂
















28 responses

  1. Excellent collection, Linda!


    January 2, 2019 at 4:09 AM

    • Thanks, Peter. I was amazed at how many dumpsters I came across that morning.


      January 2, 2019 at 11:52 AM

  2. Linda, Here is the order of my favoriteness, not that I want to slight any of them.  It’s a beautiful collection….and you know I don’t ususally like non-nature, although rust and other changes are nature, just on top of man-madeness. 10,8,15,14,7,6,9,16,2,13,1,12,11,4,3,5.


    January 2, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    • Wow! What a lot of work you did to rank all 16! Thanks, Lynda. I will study your list.


      January 2, 2019 at 11:55 AM

  3. Wow! So many layers of color and texture.


    January 2, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    • Some of these photos are of dumpsters I have photographed before. It was fun to see how they had changed—or not. Thanks for commenting, Clare.


      January 2, 2019 at 11:57 AM

  4. Tamara Packard

    I’m sharing on Facebook, along with your New Year message willing people to see abstract art in dumpsters. Thanks, mom!


    January 2, 2019 at 9:12 AM

  5. Just when I was suffonsified with dumpster photos, you’ve refreshed my appetite!

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    January 2, 2019 at 11:13 AM

  6. Beautiful, especially #’s 4 and 8 (from the top)!


    January 2, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    • Thanks, John. Number 4 is one of my favorites. I tried to order them by color rather than by how much I like them. But of course I like all of these. 😉

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      January 2, 2019 at 4:26 PM

  7. What a great way to start the New Year!!! Congratulations, Linda. You’ve set a high bar for quality posts. Well done. #26 and #38 are my favorites, but it’s a tough call.

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    January 2, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    • Thank you, Ken. As I told John, #26 (or #4 by the way he counted) is one of my favorites. I had to come in for a very tight crop for #38, tighter even in Lightroom. Glad it worked for you.


      January 2, 2019 at 4:30 PM

  8. nannus

    Happy New Year!


    January 2, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    • Thank you, Andreas. Happy New Year to you. I’m not receiving updates on your blogs anymore, and I can’t get into any of them from your Gravatar page. Is there a problem on your end?


      January 2, 2019 at 5:09 PM

  9. Great series, Linda; love’m all. 🙂


    January 2, 2019 at 3:46 PM

  10. Fabulous, Linda! It changes things to see them together, though I understand the hesitation to post so many at once (you’d never know I understand, the way I post!). The colors start to riff off of each other when they’re in a series like this. First the blues, then the rusts, then the pale grays or whites….and then comes #14, a wash off soft greens, like an exhalation. They all work together and support one another. 🙂
    It’s hard to pick favorites, but I too was struck immediately by #4. I think it’s because one feels the human hand acutely in that one – the scrawls and the little piece of stuff that got stuck to it in the middle. I can certainly live with #1 &#2 too, though. #6 feels more classical, like music or a Colorfield painting from the 60’s. I love #8 for the gestural quality. I see the object towards the bottom as a boat for some reason, and I like that, as well as those great arcing scratches. There is so much pictorial depth in that one. I like the nervous energy of #9 – very wired! And again, when I scroll to #14 I relax into the subtleties of all those shades. That one is very, very earthy, and that could be what attracts me to it. #16 was perfect to end on – a big punctuation.
    I am so happy that you’re immersed in all those goodies! I still can’t quite picture you roaming around Sarasota, taking photos of dumpsters. That’s fine. I like a certain amount of disbelief in life. 🙂

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    January 2, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    • I’m glad you could get something out of the sequencing, Lynn. I like your thought of the colors riffing off each other. Thank you for bringing up colorfield painting. I Googled it just now because Rothko’s work is the only thing that comes to mind when I read that term, and my photograph #6 is no Rothko. But I see that colorfield painting embraces more styles. Something new for me to investigate! About #8: I am not very fond of the colors in that one, but I loved those marks, Yes, they are gestural; thanks for giving them a name. Thank you for all this close attention. I have a feeling that at least some people in my neighborhood see me out with my camera and think, “Oh, there’s that crazy old lady with the camera. She takes photographs of the weirdest things! Why on earth . . .”

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      January 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

      • Glad to have given you more associations to play with. 🙂 And the pleasure is mine, because looking at these is just that, a pleasure.


        January 10, 2019 at 2:43 PM

  11. Who knew? Who could have guessed? that such delicious abstracts could come from dumpsters? I won’t try to pick a favorite. Thanks to Lynn (bluebrightly) for having me discover your look at our world.

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    January 4, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    • Hi, Gunta. I recognize your name from comments on Lynn’s blog. Happy to have you here. Thanks for the nice comment!

      Liked by 1 person

      January 4, 2019 at 4:23 PM

  12. Really GREAT images! Fantastic.

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    January 6, 2019 at 4:43 AM

    • Thank you, Jessica. I know I will find more photogenic dumpsters, but I probably won’t have another haul this big from one outing.

      Liked by 1 person

      January 8, 2019 at 6:38 PM

  13. A world of its own…great series Linda…looks like pictures of a unknown planet somewhere in the orbit with a lot of mysterious landscapes…(but without little green people 🙂 All the best , Jürgen

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    January 10, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    • After reading your comment, Jürgen, I looked at all these photographs again, and saw many of them as landscapes of an unknown planet. Thank you for helping me see my work anew!

      Liked by 1 person

      January 10, 2019 at 12:11 PM

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