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RUSTY was the photographic theme of my 12-month photo project assigned for April and here I am with the final selection of my photos.

No. 1: Nook with containers

When I was thinking about the rusty theme, the first idea that came to my mind was to shoot in a scrapyard. I was sure my hubby knew someone who operated a scrapyard so I asked him to arrange a session and it worked wonderfully. At first sight, a scrapyard is just a place full of junk but if you take your time, you may find some photography treasures there.

No. 2: Memorial

In May 1945, at the end of WWII, Pilsen was liberated from Nazi occupation by an American army under command of the General George S. Patton. To honour his merits, a memorial was erected in the city on May 1st, 2015. The memorial is said to be created from the steel alloy that was used for production of tank armour. The sculpture was not accepted favourably by the public who may have expected a simple statue. Some people do not see that profile with the face and helmet (and the label placed on the ground in the middle of the sculpture) and all they can see is just a 10-meter-high piece of scrap metal.

The blurred yellow tram accentuated somehow the sculpture, without it – or when the tram was of a different colour – the photo was not half as interesting.

No. 3: Sculpture

Čestmír Suška is a sculptor who creates very interesting steel sculptures from discarded industrial tanks. The ball above shows partly one of his sculptures presented in an exhibition in DEPO 2015 premises in Pilsen. I like the contrast and size comparison with the car parked behind the ball.

No. 4: Abandoned tools

Another photo that I took in the scrapyard, a still life of used and forgotten tools…

No 5: A bicycle

As you may have guessed, also this photo was taken in the scrapyard.  The light beautifully highlighted the scene. I tried several angles and this one looked perfect.

When I was selecting the final photos, I could have easily chosen just photos from the scrapyard, I find many of them fascinating. The stories they tell… But there was more so I wanted to include more. I hope you found something here that caught your attention.

The theme for May will be PEOPLE (meaning strangers, not friends or family, and the people should represent the theme of the photo, not just to be its part). Totally out of my comfort zone but that’s part of the adventure.

All completed themes of the project can be found HERE.

UPDATE: For those of you who can’t see the profile in No. 2, here is a hint: