17 Jan

rust [rʌst] (Collins English Dictionary)


– a reddish-brown oxide coating formed on iron or steel by the action of oxygen and moisture

– any corrosive or debilitating influence, esp lack of use


– to become or cause to become coated with a layer of rust

– to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate through some debilitating influence or lack of use


In this collection of photos taken in the course of years, I am concentrating on trashbus’ main theme: trash – rust, to be specific. The still and secret life of things unused, of things forgotten, of things thrown away. What value do they have? Why do they still keep on existing? Are they rising up against deterioration? Against oblivion? Do they want to be remembered for what they were?

5 Responses to “Rust”

  1. Allen Capoferri January 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    I like the beautiful timelessness of these images.

    • trashbus January 17, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      Thank you, Allen! The timelessness is what I like, too. Probably because of the absurd quality: the photos look timeless because the objects were forgotten and therefore rendered timeless, as though they have always been and always will be just because they are abandoned. How strange that things that are useless seem to be eternal.

  2. navigator1965 January 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Neat collection.

    • trashbus January 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

      Thank you! Which object or photo do you like best?

      • navigator1965 January 18, 2014 at 12:51 am #

        Tie between bottom left wheelbarrow and larger white wrought iron fence with steps and stone wall towards the upper right.

        Couldn’t tell you why, other than these two spoke most loudly to me.

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