"Nothing is static. Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart...Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer...Maybe self-destruction was the answer." ― Chuck Palahniuk , Fight Club
This photo project examines decay. Each initial image was taken on Forest Lawn Drive in a small stretch. This first image is the first image in each series. Using found objects in the same location, each image is then altered and allowed to age and then re-photographed. Run Down was fixed to the road for 6 hours, then another 12 hours and finally an additional 24 hours. Chemical was altered with found medication that had been discarded in the road gutter. I unsuccessfully attempted to ignite Burned with the sun using a half filled plastic water bottle as a focusing lens. A barely working discarded lighter allowed me to catch the image on fire. Finally Buried was buried in a bucket of dirt collected from the sidewalk and road for 1 week and then another 4 weeks.
My art is about my local environment and personal experiences with environmental change. I wanted this project to only use found objects for both the images and to accelerate the change of the objects and decay. The microenvironmental observations can be extrapolated to echo the decay of our planet. By looking at the fragility and decomposition I hope to raise awareness and inspire greater respect for the local environment.