Getting used to a bit of oxidation is easy. Dismissing a bit of maintenance soon leads to a couple of weeks of "RUST." A timely tarnish of brown inactivity can be studiously ignored when preoccupied by daily bright and shiny distractions. Rust patiently weakens even the most durable untended steel.
As I formulated a plan for my blog in 2020, my troubled mind noticed that throughout my travels last year – encompassing over half of the fifty states – the shiny red, white, and blue symbols associated with a progressive America sadly were being replaced by a patina of rust. I anticipated more travels and brighter scenes, but along came SARS-CoV-2 and the pandemic of COVID-19, more disuse and abandonment resulting in more rust in this nation.
Oxidation of iron results in various pigments of brown. This month, instead of a group of themed photographs, I have compiled a series of original digital art presenting my interpretation of the various stages of rust. The first artwork overlays the text "RUST" in a neutral gray and the hexadecimal code "B0583A" for representing my chosen color as a ground to represent rust on a computer screen. Each week in July will bring another representation of another step in the sequence of the United States of Rust.
Shiny chrome contrasts with the rusty body of this 1951 Buick Super Eight antique automobile, an homage to industrial America then and now.
focal length: 200mm | exposure: f/4.5 – 1/640th second – ISO 250