Rust as art – or how many textures can you find in a rusty bin

The inspiration for my hungry soul today is found in the garden incinerator. I love to photograph textures –  for some reason I’m a little bit obsessed by finding a good one. This rusty old bin was too much to resist. There were so many lovely textures from the smooth flakes of ash in the bottom, to the fluffy white ash oozing out of the side, to the crusty rust and cracks in the lid.

There is something deeply evocative about rust. The array of colours of ground spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger – make the process of oxidisation seem quite exotic. It seems I am not the only artist to be inspired by rust. I have not yet ventured into using oxidisation as part of my painting process, although I rather fancy having a go, especially after finding this website for inspiration.

So far I have just photographed rust. All these were shot with my Canon EOS 1200D using apertures of 5.6 to 11 depending on the depth of field effect I was after. I hope you find them as interesting as I do.


ash in the bottom of the incinerator rusty lid of incinerator rusty incinerator side split of rusty incinerator ash rust rust wall rust cracked lid black ash in rust through the rusted lid


And here is the whole shebang – amazing that you can get such textural photos from a rusty old incinerator!

rusty old incinerator


Comments & Responses

4 Responses so far.

  1. Fabulous! How interesting, love those colours, what a mixture.

  2. Inspiration is all around us. Sometimes it just takes looking at just the right angle! Lovely inspiration.

  3. Tina B says:

    Thank you Cynthia – it really is all in the perspective. 🙂

  4. Tina B says:

    Bless you Rosemary 🙂

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