Pollution or Art?

While on my drive home from work I received a call from my husband letting me know that there was a photo challenge all about pollution being held on a photography website.  The only problem was that the challenge deadline was that same night.  I thought this would be an impossible task since it was already the evening and I was already on my way home.  It was a very long day, I had my son in the car and I was exhausted.  When I thought about pollution, the first things that came to my mind was garbage, smoke stacks, water pollution, and so on.  There was nothing like that on my way home.  Plus, that’s what everyone else was going to submit.

It was about 5 minutes after that call that I drove by a tree I see everyday on my way to and from work.  I pulled over and reversed back to it and thought about it.  This was an old, large maple tree on the edge of a field.  This wasn’t just any tree, this tree had probably one hundred or more pairs of shoes nailed to it.  Yes, shoes.  Kids shoes, adult shoes, sandals, flip-flops, boots, everything.  I always saw it as art I guess.  It was the “shoe tree”.  This challenge made me think about the “shoe tree” in a different way.  This was pollution.  The poor tree had hundreds of nails in it.  People climbing it to the top to get their shoes up to the highest point.  When you look close, it was just a bunch of garbage around a tree.  Shoes people would have otherwise just thrown out in their garbage at home, is now stuck to a tree.

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As I looked up to the top of the tree I could tell that part of it was dying.  I never noticed it before.  It made me wonder, is it because of all the shoes that are apparently making it look artsy and cool?  All of those nails.

I came to the conclusion that it was definitely pollution, especially because all of the other trees around it were alive and thriving and this one was dying.  So I took my shots and drove off.  That night I entered the contest.  It was one of the only ones that didn’t have smoke stacks or garbage all over the ground.  I’m happy with the end result.  We’ll see what happens with the contest!

To check out the contest and vote, visit: Shadowbox Pollution Photo

Comments are always welcome.

Lydia Treacy

 

One Comment on “Pollution or Art?

  1. This is a lovely photo, I was just wondering what street this is on, because im also located in durham and would love to check this out in person!

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