December 28th, 2011
Found started in the spring of 2010. During the spring and summer months I like to walk to and from my studio, which is approximately 2 miles from my home. On these walks I started noticing rusty objects on the streets and sidewalks. Some shapes were familiar while others were abstract, but they all had one thing in common; they were rusty.
I started collecting some of the more interesting pieces. After a while I had a box full of rusty items: flattened soda cans, assorted nails and random car parts. I decided this would be my next personal project and I began photographing them. Originally it was to be a guessing game, when I realized I could not identify some of the pieces myself. So I thought I’d leave it up to you to interpret and imagine the items however you see fit.
The project, however, has morphed in another direction. Some people have asked for photos of specific rusty items, while images of more iconic items have sold as stock. To my surprise, the most requested item is a rusty nail. I started cutting the flat pieces of metal into different iconic shapes like keys, cars and dollar signs, and the interest is growing. As I continue to find rusty objects, Found is taking on a life of its own, so stay tuned!