I go through seasons of time where I get interested in certain topics…line, shape, texture, etc. and I seek them wherever I go. Lately that interest has been metals of all kinds and in all conditions. Recycling yards have lots of material to work with and that’s where these images were created.
Knowing there were at least two recycling businesses in the neighboring town of Palatka, I headed there to see what they had. The first place I stopped looked promising. I spoke to the young lady in the office about what I wanted, gave her my card, and asked permission to make some images. She said, “That sounds kind of cool,” and told me it was OK. I went back to my car for my gear and was headed back in to the yard when she walked up and told me, “I talked to the owner about what you wanted to do and he said you can’t take pictures here.” At age 69 I had achieved a first…being asked to leave a recycling yard. It’s getting much easier to stay humble.
My next stop was First Coast Recycling and the folks there were very accommodating. Their head of IT, Richard, was very patient and we had a great conversation as he took me around the property. I really appreciate the time he gave me to create these images.