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Throw-Away Culture

On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.

On the outskirts of Jerome's city center (population 343) is this lone run-down shamble.
Right now I'm cleaning out our house, throwing or giving away all kinds of stuff we no longer want/need.
We really are a throw-away culture, aren't we!

Throw-Away Culture

On the drive from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona, back in November, we stopped in Jerome, called "the wickedest town in the West" in 1903
because of its prostitution, gambling and vice.  Today it is a fabulous tourist mecca in the Wild, Wild West genre.

On the outskirts of Jerome's city center (population 343) is this lone run-down shamble.
Right now I'm cleaning out our house, throwing or giving away all kinds of stuff we no longer want/need.
We really are a throw-away culture, aren't we!

comments (46)

Beautiful oldlike picture ! I like it !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2009, 02:59
A crisp, lovely still-life, Ginnie.

There is something strangely satisfying about decay, and you have captured a wonderful example.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if the decay struts its glory, Ray, knowing so many of us what to capture its beauty!
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2009, 03:08
You have definitely showed the wickedness in this photo. Nice work!!!
Ginnie Hart: Kinda makes you wonder what all went on in THIS house, Brian, on the outskirts of the town!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2009, 03:18
l love the tones you have used in this image
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zed.
  • Rian
  • Bermuda
  • 15 Jan 2009, 04:36
hmm.. what is that.. a deep-fryer? great clarity and toning in this one.. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that thought, Rian. Just think how much oil it would take and how many turkeys could be fried at the same time. grin Actually, it's one of the old washing machines...without the wringer contraption that goes on top.
Yes, the days of hand me downs seem a distant memory. Nowadays it's a case of getting the plastic card out and buying everything new on credit.

Nice shot, Ginnie and excellent processing smile
Ginnie Hart: So true, Paul, so true. I'm one of those persons who buys "tailor-made" and then hangs on to is as long as possible. Makes you wonder how long this has been sitting there! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2009, 05:28
You made this (again) to a wonderful post, the old-like treatment works geweldig here, ontzettend mooi.
The shadows and the light are stunning.
We are a throw away culture, however if everybody took time to take all the stuff to a thrift shop or 'Kringloop' (ring course= direct 'textual' translation) others can enjoy again from the thing put away.
Ginnie Hart: We say here "Someone's trash is another man's treasure." It's true. I tend to buy a good quality thing to begin with and then just use it till it dies. Then again, somethings do bear upgrading sooner if/when the technology vastly improves on one's quality of life (like new power-drill batteries smile ).
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 15 Jan 2009, 05:38
Is that an old ringer washer? One of my Grandma's had a finger caught in one and it pulled it completely off. Can you imagine? I like that crumbling brick and the tone you've applied is so pretty.
Ginnie Hart: Bingo, Sherri. I have heard of people getting their arm caught in one but never did I hear of a finger being pulled off. How terrible! What a story to tell. (sigh)
We are indeed just that Ginnie. This things is looking very wistful about its past life
Ginnie Hart: I may be glad to be breathing the fresh air, Chris. You never know what kind of life was being lived in that shamble out on the edge of town!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 15 Jan 2009, 06:34
Sometimes we need to throw out the unwanted to make way for the new, otherwise we would all still be doing our washing in one of these.

Great processing on this image Ginnie. Love how the textures have really been bought out.
Ginnie Hart: So, Aussie, are you saying there's a lot of symbolism in this picture?? You've really got me mulling that one over. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2009, 07:13
Yes, you are so right- we are a Throw-Away-World- beginning with throwing away our Tempo papertowels to..., and your pic has captured impressively this kind of tristesse and decay! I see a rather strange machine which could be exhibited in a museum of daily life things!-
Some years ago I have been in Kairo and got know Sister Emmanuelle, "the mother of the Litter-people/Müllmenschen", who are collecting all the thrown-away-things, selling or recycling... them in order to earn in this way some money and to survive. The families (mostly Copts) live between those mountains of litter!
Ginnie Hart: I remember a missionary coming back to the States years ago, Philine, and being appalled by all the Styrofoam and cardboard being thrown away with fast-food...as though we had an endless resource! I have great sympathy for those who live amongst the trash and do hope that they find a treasure from time to time, giving them pleasure or much-needed money. Right now as I go through our own house, I am finding things we no longer want but that perhaps will bring some good money on eBay or the consignment shop!
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 15 Jan 2009, 07:25
Is it the precurser of R2D2, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now that would be fun, Chad! smile
Unas muy buenas texturas y ese procesado tan tipico de ti, me musta mucho.Saludos
Ginnie Hart: And to think I didn't even need to use the online dictionary for this, Enfokme! smile I can read it but I'm afraid I can't write it on my own. Muchas gracias!
This reminds me of a sign I read in Bombay. It read "Stresspassers will be prosecuted" Well they should be, shouldn't they?
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's great, Navin. I'll have to remember that one. smile Thanks for the smile.
Sadly it is cheaper to buy new than repair most things. too much that could be recycled is still thrown away though.

Like the picture Ginnie, good bit of decaysmile
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Bill. Good point about the cost of repair sometimes being prohibitive. We photographers do like our decay, don't we! smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2009, 09:25
I'm still trying to work out what exactly this is - I've never seen anything like it before! The toning suits the subject matter - it feels like we have stepped back in time.
Ginnie Hart: This is an old-timey washing machine, Ingrid, without the wringer contraption on top. I grew up doing many a wash in one of these for our family of 10!
  • blackdog
  • 3rd Stone From the Sun
  • 15 Jan 2009, 09:46
That's even older than the one we used to have when I was little. In those days they were built to last!

But don't talk to me about throwing away, we are dreadful hoarders in this house ;o)
Ginnie Hart: As I told Ingrid, I did many a wash in one of these for our family of 10! And yes, they WERE built to last! I tend to one of those who uses something till it gives up the ghost, Mike, so I know what you mean about hoarding. smile
looks authentic in sepia
Ginnie Hart: As authentic as they come, Chantal. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2009, 10:47
Sometimes you have to rid out stuff you do not want/need, so you can start afresh and begin from the basics.
Lovely image with super processing Musketeersmile
Ginnie Hart: As I told Aussie, there's a lot of symbolism here, isn't there, Musketeer! Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2009, 11:11
Wonderful photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage.
A wonderful no age picture Ginnie. I like the lighting!
Ginnie Hart: I do guess it ages some of us, Richard, who remember using one of these. I did many a wash for our family of 10 back in the late 50s and early 60s before I went off to college! smile
  • martial
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2009, 12:44
A throw-away culture ? Yes we are. But here are things that are no longer used with a very long life ! Not today, all stuf have a small cycle-life but use sometimes lot of resources ... waste ! Give your sign 'not trespassing' to an amateur ;-)))
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Martial. Things are made today to NOT last so that we have to buy new ones right away. OR they change to newer designs that are not compatible with the ones from even a year ago. Like computers!!! Merci for stopping by and commenting.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2009, 12:49
'keep out!...killer washing machine on guard!'
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not that we'd want to go in, right, DrAW?!
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2009, 15:04
Ginnie, well captured and framed. The toning makes is so special .. realy fine hands!
Ginnie Hart: You're always a sweetheart, Klaus. Danke.
c'est drôle, je ne sais pas ce que c'est mais cela ramène vers le vieux temps
très forte comme photo pour son évocation!
Ginnie Hart: There are things like this, O-P, that when you see them, you just KNOW that they are vintage...OLD! smile Merci.
Happy New Year to you Ginnie, hope you and yours all had a really blessed festive and chilled holidays smile
Ginnie Hart: Happy New Year to the both of you, S&S. And good to see you again! Lots of things will be going on in 2009, all over the world, I sense. Even for me! So hang tight. smile
Have you read Vance Packards ''The waste makers.'' It was written in the 50's but sums up American business attitudes very nicely and is still a valid read today.

Ginnie Hart: No, Richard, I haven't read the book, but I can just imagine what he says! Don't even get me started!!!
Most interesting old piece of domestic apliance history Ginnie but the toning really gives it the feeling of age.
Ginnie Hart: Some things are so vintage when you see them, Brian, you just have to do something to make them look old. smile
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 15 Jan 2009, 17:42
what is it? couldn't figure it out. lol! nice shot and great processing. smile
Ginnie Hart: It's an old washing machine, Claire, but without the wringer that goes on top. I used to do the laundry in one of these for our family of 10 when I was in high school. So I recognized it the minute I saw it. smile
  • NarB
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2009, 19:04
Nostalgic scene with perfect tones. I like
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, NarB.
  • vera
  • France
  • 15 Jan 2009, 20:56
well , but no restoration for the tourists? only ruins... i like the choose of tones
Ginnie Hart: It surprised me, too, Vera. Since it's a tourist town, you'd think they'd clean this up! Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 15 Jan 2009, 22:12
I'm a collector of all odd thins. But my husbands hits the brakes for me from time to time. Then I get in a cleaning it all out mood and we still have plenty of place left to live in ;-) Great image with beautiful tones.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess many of us are "pack rats," Frida. That's what we call them. smile Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 16 Jan 2009, 01:38
One person's trash is another's [photographic] treasure. smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Larry. Exactly. smile
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 16 Jan 2009, 09:04
Question: What are you not allowed to trespass on - the building or the old washer?

Love the image toning.
Ginnie Hart: Excellent question, Brian!! smile Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 16 Jan 2009, 12:53
Sure. And this culture is catching up fast in India as well. The choice of white balance on this image really makes it stand out and at the same time associate with a time gone by.
Ginnie Hart: I always value your feedback, Thomas, so thank you!
Oh!..I hate to say...I remember using these along with a mangle..when we married in 1954. As you say..its all change today..what more can I say..other than...A Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Ron. The mangle, too. "Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end!" smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Jan 2009, 14:39
You see what got thrown at the last trespasser tongue

Excellent setting against this run-down building. Great picture.

You have to throw stuff away - all that happens in modern society is that it lands further from you.
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Louis, this was the building I went around to get the shots of the mine from my last two posts. It sits right at the edge of the town on a precipice. No attempt to clean it up, apparently! And yes, as long as we keep buying and accumulating stuff, prior stuff needs to be thrown away! Don't get me started. (sigh)
Wonderful. That is a pretty old washing machine. The remains of it look to be in better condition than the building.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Michael! It sure brought back memories of my youth, doing the family wash in one of these.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 16 Jan 2009, 19:28
excellent details on the structure and its surroundings here Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Liang.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 16 Jan 2009, 21:36
you are so right ... so much junk everywhere ... even in our houses ! :-O
Ginnie Hart: Sigh! You wouldn't believe how much junk I'm getting rid of right now, Namaki. I should have done this years ago!
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 17 Jan 2009, 01:16
Hi ginnie,

haven't been around for a while. Hope you had a pleasant new year's.
The pictures are still as beautiful as they where last year. I love the processing here. Really looks like an abandoned town.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Cliff. Welcome to the new year! The first month is already on its way out. Can you believe it??!
  • david
  • United States
  • 17 Jan 2009, 02:09
whatever that is, i love it! it looks like a 50s ideal of a household robot!!
Ginnie Hart: It's a washing machine, David, without its wringer. I actually used one of these in high school to do the laundry of my family of 10! smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2009, 04:04
Oh Ginnie! This is lovely - especially that old washing machine! Since moving to the mid-west I'm amazed at what a "disposable" culture it is here. There are abandoned houses everywhere!
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Martie. Sad but true!
A very nice shot. I remember my mother washing clothes in such a machine; it had a very special sloshing and whirring sound.
Ginnie Hart: You remember that so well, Wim. So do I! smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2009, 19:09
Sadly - we are a throw-away culture. Nonetheless - this old washing machine looks as if it's seen better days and times. Great find!!!
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if we'll always be a throw-away culture, Marcie, or if we'll start trying to be a bit more conservative with our waste! (sigh)
Another image that transports to us far!
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, dear José Angel!

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