The Beauty of Rust

Photographers often look for rusty old relics as a source for their artistic images. One can find old cars, trucks and disabled equipment resting on farmland along most rural roads and major highways in Canada and the United States. Getting access to relics of the past to photograph them can often be a major issue.

Rusty relics make for interesting artistic opportunities

Rusty relics make for interesting artistic opportunities

A cache of 200 rust buckets on a hidden farmyard near Salmon Arm, B.C. was a great source of images for me several years ago. On that occasion I had the permission of the owner to wander freely for several hours.

A farm along Intestate 5 in Oregon caught my attention with its display of Volkswagon busses along the fence line. Would I love to work around those old vehicles. In Miami, Arizona I found a cache of junkers behind a security fence. The only way to get an image of them was to hold my camera high over the fence. Using a wide-angle lens I was able to capture a decent image without looking through the view finder.

With any of these images the creative possibilities are limitless. Black and white, HDR or even with the colors totally saturated.

I’m always on the lookout for old junk to photograph. Next week I will be back in Arizona. A trip to the old mining areas east of Phoenix is on my list of must do photo shoots.

This entry was posted in My Work, Travel.


  1. Brenda Larson December 1, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    come to Isla -everything rusts down here!! I was lamenting just the other day that my lovely little metal art butterfly out on the patio wall was rusting!

    • Stu Dale December 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Brenda,
      Thanks for commenting. One day we’ll have to make that trip. It sounds lovely and I sure would like to keep my camera busy there. Hope all is well. Stu

  2. John Bradley December 3, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    love the sense of ageing yet there is also the sense of timelessness with the beauty of design I’d love you to do soething photo graphic with my poem Age if you get an inspiration at any time cheers john

    • Stu Dale December 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi John, Thanks for the comment. I would love to do something with ‘Age’. I’ll give it some thought. Stu

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