Diptychs: A Conversation between Natural and Unnatural. Used concrete forms and tree bark from around the neighbourhood.

Accidental Art from Dumpsters and Concrete Forms

Awhile ago the Lens-Artists Challenge was ‘Special Moments’.

But in this time of plague the most special moments in my life have been the discovery of a particularly crusty dumpster…

…and a magnificent 2-storey 3D abstract gallery in the shape of a used concrete form. I wasn’t sure if anybody else could relate to a special moment that involved finding used concrete forms…*a magnificent 2-storey 3D abstract gallery in the shape of a used concrete form?

Lately I have been in the process of creating diptychs of my other winter photographic project which happens to be macros of tree bark combined with particularly interesting urban decay, such as dumpsters, or concrete forms.

Diptychs: A Conversation between Natural and Unnatural.

Used concrete forms and tree bark from around the neighbourhood.Diptych abstract of used construction forms together with tree bark with splotches of lichen
Diptych abstract of used construction forms together with tree bark with a bit of lichen

Most of the bark is from species unknown to me; in winter they are without leaves, flowers or any sort of possible identification unless the bark itself is distinctive. This one I know to be a cherry tree, and the GPS on my camera will give me the addresses of my other tree bark shots so I may be able to find out what they are as they burst into summer.

Now some diptychs of that particular crusty dumpster, with some patchy rust having a conversation with some fissured Birch bark.abstract of patchy rust on a dumpster together with fissured Birch bark

Abstract combo collage of tree bark with splotches of white fungi combined with the other side of the same rusty dumpster as above.Abstract combo collage of tree bark with white fungi and a rusting dumpster*I have checked through Instagram, Flickr and Google Images for ‘abstract, concrete forms’ and seem that I am the prime contributor to this particular form of beauty…

More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: You Pick It.

13 thoughts on “Accidental Art from Dumpsters and Concrete Forms

    1. I felt that I should do something with the hundreds of photos of bark and urban debris I have taken on my winter COVID walks when an accidental pairing of two images resulted in this exploration. It is a way to keep myself entertained while the third surge is upon us, but also deeply satisfying. I hope that it will inspire you to pull together your own found art…

  1. This is certainly a conversation I would like to follow and hear more of! Ah, the “birch talk” of the second last one, it’s amazing – they are clearly soulmates!
    All very beautiful photos and compositions, please go ahead!

  2. Well – I love these Elizabeth! Perfectly paired and well photographed – I hope you will frame some and make a wall of them. I would have. I am not surprised you did not find any other people doing this. But they will…maybe I will try something like it too – so inspirational! GREAT WORK!

    1. With these diptychs I am on a journey right now, and I’m not entirely sure where it’s taking me. I am thinking that at some point I will also do some paintings and plan an exhibit. But right now just having something to play with while I’m waiting for my vaccine number to come up is mostly what I’m into.

      My cousin tells me there’s a Botanical Garden in Odense with 15 different types of birch trees; she knows this because of course we both spend most of our time in gardens and gathering rocks (our fathers were twins, my cousins are like little sisters). So I will be heading back to Denmark and Sweden once we are allowed to travel again. I am glad you are inspired, and have some fun with your photos – I look forward to seeing them!.

    1. I’ve just been learning about how Instagram tags work and could not believe that my concrete form abstracts were the only ones. They’re so gorgeous! And I just found some old orange-red ones that match up with my arbutus trees so I’m in heaven!

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