The Beauty Of Rust

Rust on barrels along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Nature holds an extraordinary power to create captivating and awe-inspiring abstractions. Among its many sources of inspiration, one might not immediately consider old rusted steel. However, the interaction between this human-made material and the forces of nature often gives rise to mesmerizing patterns and textures that can be found in unexpected corners of our natural environment.

The rust that adorns old steel introduces a rich palette of colors into the natural landscape. From deep oranges and fiery reds to earthy browns and vibrant yellows, and blues the hues of rust create a striking contrast.  These colors, often accentuated by time, evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Furthermore, the textures formed by rusted steel, with their rough and uneven surfaces, add depth and complexity to the visual experience, inviting viewers to explore every nook and cranny.
On some level they are elementary as a photograph, something that everyone has done. However elementary, the  calling is powerful and I find a magnetic draw to this interaction of man and nature. We were on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and came across an old diamond mining camp with decaying barrels. Almost everyone was drawn to their beauty.
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