The ravages of time on this toy car are clear and it has not been kind.

This is a toy car I lost years ago when I was little, I looked for this toy car everywhere I could as it was one of my favourites but sadly it was simply not to be found.
One day some 30 plus years later when I went into the garden my eyes widened, my mouth dropped and a cold shiver ran down my spine…. It just couldn’t be I sat on the ground and stared in awe for ages ….. There it was my treasured toy car just lying there on the ground!
Where had it come from, how had it come to be there on the ground?
How and why did it find me ?
Had my mortal enemy sent me a gift?

Image taken with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro


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I am a Photographer and Photographic artist based in Surrey in the UK my inspirations can and do come from anywhere from 17th century artists such as Cotan to other members of the Redbubble community.

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  • mikrin
    mikrinalmost 4 years ago

    that is very weird! Great find Darren. I bet that brought back some memories

  • Taylor Katz
    Taylor Katzalmost 4 years ago

    That’s really cool :D

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture !!!

  • Scott Denny
    Scott Dennyalmost 4 years ago

    It is strange but broken toys make me sad. As far back as I can remember that has been the case.

    I remember back when I was around ten or so. My favorite toy was Johnny West, a 12 inch western figurine. He and his friends Geronimo and Black Bart had all kinds of accessories.

    One year my parents got me and my brother horses for our figurines that were part of the Johnny West series. It was Christmas morning and we were very excited.

    Within less than thrity minutes my brother broke his horse. I was sad and angry. I could not help but think of the hard earned money my parents spent to only have the horse broken in a short time, or at all for that matter (I was always one to take care of what I have).

    Aside from the cash thing I was sad because the way I figured it my parents gave us something we wanted, something from their heart, so our heart could experience and enjoy something we desired.

    This car in this photo is very likely at one time a gift. A gift that was not taken care of and since forgotten. At one time it brought pleasure and joy. Today it lays in the dirt broken and forgotten.

    There is a connection between this and the gift of life God has given us and the gift of Christ but I will save that for anther day.

    Super shot…sorry for the novel. It is odd how this photo made me think so much.


  • what a lovely story and thank you so much for taking the time to write it, this is exactly the kind of emotion I was hoping to prevoke in peoples thoughts after all thats what the art of photography is all about.


    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Kieron Nolan
    Kieron Nolanalmost 4 years ago
  • Kieron Nolan
    Kieron Nolanalmost 4 years ago

    You know, I’m pretty sure I had the same car, but mine had lost its engine. I wonder where it is now…

  • Check the garden!! … that would be bizarre thanks for the feature

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Digidi
    Digidialmost 4 years ago

    spooky…… but im glad you finally found it, congrats on your feature

  • Thank you

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Douglas  Alan
    Douglas Alanalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much for your kind word :o) very much appreciated

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • chave
    chavealmost 4 years ago

    hoooo beatifull ecene great shot

  • Shubd
    Shubdalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot ..brought to life even more with the story behind it .

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