I have a lot to blog, I just have a mess of photos to edit, writing to organize and lots of work to do. I’m going to regroup a little bit today and tonight, basically regrouping my digital mess. I found this image on musicfordance.com and I thought it was applicable. I need to be a digital mess superhero today. To the batcave!!!
I’ve used the term “organized hoarder” in conversations about hoarding, and it usually provokes some strange facial expressions. These photos were take many years ago in the house of an organized hoarder.
A few years ago, in my “excessable” art show, I had a gift card rug made out of 1296 gifts cards from different stores. The show was in July and I left the rug in the car a little too long in the heat, melting a good portion of it.
I recently used some of the gift cards in a video shoot. I had to take them out and clean them up, as they’ve been sitting in my garage for years. I’ve added a few to the collection, with thoughts of putting the rug back together. Problem: no box tape and no retail shopping. I need to get creative with the pile of cards. I have a few ideas…
I did get creative with the pile of rotary dial phones that were used in the show. I really had no intention of keeping them, but they’re just fun to have around. I’ve used them for many photo shoots, video shoots and props. Right now, they’re a permanent art fixture in my foyer.
Here’s some of the photos…
I know it’s crazy to keep all this stuff from my art show, but it’s not in a landfill and I do use it occasionally, or some of it, all the time. I think I’ll hang on to the phones and gift cards for a while. If I do get rid of them, I’ll make sure they go to a great home.
Honestly, some of these might be more than a year old, but they’re all the same, year after year… lots of stuff. Most of these were taken in abandoned places, houses, farms, buildings, vehicles, you name it. No matter where I go with my camera, I always find lots of stuff to shoot. There’s something about each place that intrigues me, saddens me, excites me and disappoints me. Take a look.
I just don’t have much to share on the shopping front. I’m just not doing it. Instead, I’ll share a few photos today.
This house was abandoned in the 70’s, and interestingly enough, it looks as though they moved nothing out of it. Not only are the clothes still hanging in the closet, but there was a vacuum cleaner, furniture, kitchen stuff, photographs… you name it. Apparently they were not emotionally attached to their stuff.
Here’s a bunch of random “abandoned” photos. Enjoy…
I got an awesome little gift a few days ago, unexpected and very much related to trash society. The gift? An origami box with a photo album inside, all made with junk mail and paper stuff from the recycling bin. Check it out…
I did it. I got up and went out at 4am to shoot the black friday craziness. Yes, that might make me crazy, but it was a blast people watching! I didn’t buy a thing, I just walked around the stores. I have lots of video, but no time to edit, as I have to work today. Here’s a few highlights:
Most of the photos are uploaded, although I still have one camera card to download. Most of the images are screen captures from my video footage. Check them out on flickr.
To answer the most asked question I’ve had this morning, no, I didn’t see or capture any fights. I will blog tomorrow, hopefully with some video. In the mean time, enjoy the photos. Here’s a few of my favorites.
The Best Buy bouncer…
Is that really a person without a head?
My kids are entering an art contest, the theme is “together we can”. The photos here aren’t their first photos, but it is their first experience with Photoshop. Cole’s photos are about the food army, video and pics are on foodarmy.info. Joe’s photos are about recycling and his info and video can be found at recyclekids.info.
These were fun projects to work with and quality time with my kids. No money was spent to make these videos or photographs, everything used was stuff we already had in the house.
Not much to report on the shopping front, so I thought I would just share a couple of photos.
Recycled art project: These were donated to FFS, cute bags of flour that were used for a school art project.
Plane trip: I’m sure glad they told me that I can’t bring my gallon of bleach on the plane, because I always travel with it. 😉
Smallest closet EVER: Not sure why the image is sideways, but you get the picture. (pun intended) If we had tiny closets like this, maybe we would thing twice before buying some of the things we do? The newer the houses, the bigger the closets. In my last house, the master bedroom closet was bigger then my bedroom as a teen. No wonder we buy more stuff, we can store it and not have to look at it.
Sometimes we lock up our stuff in an effort to protect it from potential thieves.
Some stuff is left out in the open, sitting there for years.
Other times stuff is placed on the curb for trash, sometimes in hopes that someone will come by and pick it up.