Taken in downtown Paducah, Kentucky. Digitized negative.
Another one from Gator Automotive. I like the delicate look, but have no idea what object this cracking paint is covering.
Previously on this blog I posted some photographs (Totem, Brake lathe, My mother would have seen owls, and Wheel balancing equipment) taken at Gator Automotive in Carbondale, Ill., which is owned by my friends Karen and George. Karen was so kind as to allow me to wander around the shop and take photographs after the other mechanics had left. Tools, car parts, the lifts, the walls—everything was fair game. For my friends in Carbondale I should clarify that this was at Gator’s old shop near the University Mall, not the big new environmentally friendly facility they built later a couple of miles east. The old shop was cramped, crammed with stuff, and extravagantly dirty. I’m sure the mechanics like the new place better. There they actually have room to work, and they suffer much less in the winter and summer. But for a photographer, the old place was the place to be. I’ve found a couple more Gator photographs that I like from 2004. This is one of them; it’s a bit of the wall at the old facility. Pentax Optio S40, some color saturation added.
I probably took this photo in Capaha Park’s rose garden, Cape Girardeau, Mo. Cropped and sharpened but otherwise unaltered.
From rust to glass. I applied a glass filter in Photoshop to the second image. Pentax Optio S40.
This image, scanned from a negative, is a section of a manhole cover. Neenah, oh Neenah! Your manhole covers “can be found throughout the central United States and parts of Europe,” according to Wikipedia. Long may they resist rust. For those of you who live in Europe, have you seen Neenah in your city? Let me know if you find it. The name is supposedly the Winnebago Indian word for “water or running water” (Wikipedia again).
Digitized from film negative. I didn’t make any changes to this shot except some slight color correction. This will be the last of the vandalized-dumpster shots, I think.