The art of oxidisation!

Machinery worn with age looms from the brown earth like giant eagles ….

…. inside aged nuts and bolts sit camera-ready
and outside the cogs in a wheel discolour russet against a clear blue sky.
To replicate,
simply add iron, oxygen and a dash of moisture
and time….

…. lots and lots of time.

The result? 

 ….a peek-a-boo disintegration

…. a delicate corrosion of metals

…. a vibrant oxidisation
…. in a word….

© 2012 Francesca Muir

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  • BELINDA KLEIN December 12, 2012   Reply →

    I love these photo's. They are so raw. I also love the process that happens to terracotta when age turns it that wonderful verdigris.
    Where were these taken Frannie?
    Belinda x

  • Jackie and Joel Smith December 12, 2012   Reply →

    Francesca, You've managed to make rust beautiful in this post!

  • Mum December 13, 2012   Reply →

    astonishing colours – did you paint it all before photographing?? Love

  • I love rusted things. In Benin they make sculptures of welded car and machinery pieces, varnishing them afterwards. Men or robots or everything you can think of. When I lived in Ghana I developed a passion for rusty spare parts and once made a coffee table on suspension springs. It wobbled!

    Great shots. Xxcat

  • Anne December 13, 2012   Reply →

    Great shots! I love seeing old rusted machinery. Don't know why exactly, but you've captured the visual intrigue of it.

  • bagnidilucca December 13, 2012   Reply →

    Great photos. I would love to go to Cockatoo island, it looks really interesting.

  • Francesca Muir December 14, 2012   Reply →

    It is a thing of beauty when on an island and open to all the elements … a glorious sense of decay!. F x

  • Francesca Muir December 14, 2012   Reply →

    Thank you Belinda – these were taken on Cockatoo Island- we must go next time you are in Sydney. Definitely worth a visit! Fxx

  • Francesca Muir December 14, 2012   Reply →

    Debra definitely worth a visit next time you come to Sydney – an easy trip from Circular Quay with regular ferries. Gorgeous in summer. F x

  • Francesca Muir December 14, 2012   Reply →

    Oh Cat I love the sound of your table – and what a greats sense of achievement and satisfaction you must have had! Thanks for dropping by F x

  • Francesca Muir December 14, 2012   Reply →

    I didn't need to- it was all there already! xx

  • Robert Geiss December 15, 2012   Reply →

    Great mean to measure time and life. Interesting shots indeed. Please have a good weekend.

  • This is Belgium December 15, 2012   Reply →

    this is special
    who would think of making a reportage of 'rust'
    the result may be seen, pretty cool
    greetings from brussels

  • Francesca Muir March 29, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you xx

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