24 April 2011
Ever felt like immersing yourself in those treasures long forgotten, the kind where you’re transported back into time, standing in your grandparents house, gazing at common household items that seemed as far up there with technology and growth as you could ever imagine – well today, my friends and I found ourselves among those treasures again in a rather interesting place called The Junkyard in Londonderry, northwest of the Sydney CBD.
Recommended by an acquaintance, we were lead to believe it’s a treasure alcove of small common household items that could be incorporated into our art, well what a surprise when we drove through the front gates, I was speeches, in awe and absolutely delighted – the most beautiful sight before us and anything but small.
Relics long forgotten, to gaze at the amazing beauty on how these items have aged and marvel at things you only get to see recreated in movies these days.
Our first sight as we drove through the front gates were the most amazing trains - old and weathered. A simply stunning relic. Kelly and I went into imagination overdrive, conjuring up beautiful ideas of purchasing one, and fixing it up to create a haven of peace, a living space for us, our little getaway from the world - well we can dream!
Looking at these photos hardly do any justice. If ever it rang true; ‘you had to be there’, today would be one of those times. Items that were life size and overwhelmingly beautiful, to touch and feel the texture of the rust. Incredible.
The suitcases below we found stashed in a corner in one of their dedicated rooms. Walking in, you can smell the dust, feel yourself breathing it in. Stacked from floor to ceiling, beautiful leather box suitcases. You imagine families standing in front of the Titanic waiting to board, with their most loved possessions securely packed in these beautiful suitcaes. Amazing how times have changed.
As mesmerized as I was by the trains and the anchors and the rust, I somehow couldn’t get enough of looking at the array of old bottles. I recall a friend I used to know who collected every different design of the ‘Coke’ bottle over the years and I loved the different shapes that developed over time. Here I found some of the most beautiful, intricate designs in the bottles
And lastly, this image that caught my attention. Sitting up there on show in all its splendor and various degrees of aging and degradation - what a classic!