Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thematic Photographic - Junk

Each week Carmi at Written, Inc. has challenged readers with a theme for photographic inspiration. This week the photographic challenge continues with the theme JUNK.

An overgrown meadow. Dried grass under eucalyptus trees. A rusty old toy truck, abandoned. Just another piece of junk.

Right?

Perhaps this is special junk, though. It's junk that was once a well-loved toy. Did the child tire of it, abandon it? Or did the child grow up, and forget it was there? Did someone leave it there, in the meadow, under the eucalyptus trees, so the sight of it could help us remember childhood, and playing with toy trucks in the grass?

This is a toy truck in the grassy meadow of the Eames House, the house built by Charles and Ray Eames. They designed furniture, fabric and toys, made movies, collected crafts from all over the world, and took photographs of things that delighted them. A large part of their work was Play.

"Take your pleasures seriously." - Charles Eames.

Junk? Not at all. It's there for a reason.

2 comments:

kcinnova said...

I loved my brothers' Tonka trucks when we were kids. I had a few smaller (hand-held size) Tonka vehicles of my own. Sadly, my boys were never "into" these. We had a lot of trains (ala Thomas the Tank Engine).

Purvail said...

I have a few of these Tonka toys stored away for the great-grandson. Love the way you have photographed it.