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epitaph to consumerism by armadillozenith

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Consumerism and carelessness..
But beyond them: a brighter world!

This photograph was not staged by me.. the shopping trolley, half-buried, is shown just as I happened to find it.. A chance opportunity for which I’m deeply grateful!

The only adjustments I have made to the image are: rotating by 1degree to level up the horizon, and cropping slightly to remove resulting angled edges.
Another view is here.

It was taken on the beach at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland on Tuesday 21st April 2009 about 6:45pm (British Summertime). The shadow across the foreground was cast by the Esplanade wall, behind me.

I used a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S730 digital camera, handheld.


beach, sand, scotland, shopping, trolley, esplanade, buried, sunk, fife, kirkcaldy, embedded


  • aRae
    aRaeover 5 years ago

    wow..this is excellent…cant belive im the first to comment !!

  • Cheers, Amanda!
    After I photographed this, I learnt that an artist acquaintance had also seen and sketched it.

    – armadillozenith

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleabout 5 years ago

    Those trolleys seem to gather in herds in city streets… Open season on trolleys? I was told they are worth around $200 (au) each…what a waste!!

    Great shot BTW…I could use that trolley in my junk garden…it could hold up some tomato plants or something :)

  • I have heard there were multiple ones on this beach. And yesterday I saw 5 or so all pushed among trees at a bus stop.. seemingly some people push their shopping from the nearby store in the trolley, to go to catch a bus, just dumping their trolley there. I also recently saw several together, abandoned in streams.

    – armadillozenith

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonalmost 5 years ago

    ah Kircaldy my birthplace, im sure its lovely, home of linoleum im told

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