on being and becoming


I’ve been thinking about why I like dumpster/container images so much (like the one I’m posting today).

  • Ultimately while I may just take a photograph – there was quite a lot of work and time spent on the subject to make what its become. And its journey is not over. I’ve only preserved one moment along its journey.
  • It is a communal art. It took a dozen (or more) workers, repeatedly, to create this.
  • People followed schedules, they decided what hours they would work on it.
  • Planning and decision making was used to determine what would be put in this dumpster/container.
  • Decisions were made as to whether the so-called refuse would be tossed, thrown, dumped, dropped or placed in this container.
  • There is the time when the dumpster is full and loaded to be hauled away, its contents jostled, shaken and stirred.
  • Then of course, there is the moment the dumpster is unceremoniously emptied where contents slide out of their container into the local dump or recycling center.
  • Now there was also an element fo chance in these acts; The loose lid on the paint can that comes loose causing paint to drip, run and splash in presumed random motions, the rogue nail sticking out, various surfaces to scratch and scrape. A fabric to wipe and smear. Possibly a forgotten chemical to erode and corrode.
  • The dumpster/container is made of steel and gives the allusion of strength and permanence even though time proves it an illusion/delusion.
  • Then of course there are the elements, the sun and rain working to bring forth the corrosion, oxidation and rust with their texture and color changes.
  • All these things repeated over and over, constantly changing the “canvas” until the fateful moment I took the photograph.

I am humbled by the beauty and how little I did to create it. After all I’m just a photographer , another damaged human with an eye for damaged things. Like so many others I’m just someone with a “silver plated soul beneath the damage and the dust…” looking to photograph things and bring forth their beauty that lies beneath the damage and the dust.

Halfway to Halloween

The Images I posted Thurs, Friday and today are from two local "haunted house" attractions.   It seemed appropriate to post them this weekend since most "haunted house" attractions have special events this weekend celebrating Halfway to Halloween (which I didn't know was "a thing" until I started researching these locations - LOL). 

The Haunted Schoolhouse began in 1974 and has endured decades of horror.  The lessons here are haunting and filled with horror - but my own real life school experience was filled with horror so I never went to this attraction.   

The Haunted Laboratory has been, as the door says, "Infecting Akron Since 1981".   It is housed in the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute next door to the schoolhouse.   Daniel Guggenheim (yes that Guggenheim family) was a war hawk who was fascinated with and promoted aeronautics - specifically the science and development of airships.  He had a difficult and complicated relationship with his brothers. He was partly responsible for dragging the US into WW1.    The institute was affiliated with the University of Akron and was in operation until 1949 when airships fell out of favor and their use was declining.   So it is perhaps appropriate that this location be turned into a "haunted house" attraction.  

It only seems fitting that the music today would come from a local Ohio group.   Midnight Syndicate in the early days became recognized for their gaming soundtrack to the popular video game Dungeons and Dragons.   They have since gone on to record many albums of horror, etherwave, darkwave music that have often been performed and used in haunted house attractions.   Enjoy the Dark Legacy.

Halfway to Halloween (is a thing?)

This weekened is celebrated as "HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN" at theme parks and haunted houses.  The photos from yesterday, today and tomorrow are from two local attractions here in Akron, Ohio.    You will see the Haunted Schoolhouse which has been haunting northeast Ohio residents since 1974.      Some lessons are very haunting indeed.  LOL 

The photo's are exterior shots only as I have never bothered to be entertained.   Just never bought into the whole "haunted house" thing kinda like watching most comedians.   I've always had the attitude "okay make me laugh" or "okay scare me" and 10 minutes later I'm already bored.   LOL.   But there are some fun moments that come out of such things - i.e. the video below by Broken Peach.     Their version of the classic Tainted Love From their Halloween Special.   Enjoy.