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What is it? You will never guess so I will tell you! A week ago I was filling my car at a gas station and noticed that when people had replaced the gas nozzle in the holder many of them had clearly missed it and had scratched the paint off around that part of the gas pump. The red paint underneath the black was showing through. I surreptitiously shot off a couple of photos (ant not before another motorist spotted me and asked me why I was photographing the gas pump!). Anyhow, the shots weren’t very good – I looked for similarly scratched pumps during the week and couldn’t find any in my area, so today I went back to have a more systematic attempt at it. I told the guy behind the counter what I was doing – he looked dubious and it took some time for me to convince him I wasn’t a lawyer or some Govt regulator about to cause the business trouble! Nikon D90 Nikon 60mm macro 1/100s f/3 ISO800


abstract art, black, macro, macro urban, metallic, patterns, red, shapes, urban environment, vivid

I love macro abstract work of rejected and neglected items in our society, especially rusty old dumpsters (skips) around the back of buildings, battered boats up on dry dock, rotting wood, bark of trees, and so on. Im fascinated by the color and texture that appears with a macro lens. I do almost no post-processing after taking the shot.

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  • amko
    amkoalmost 5 years ago

    Well good on you Marguerite, I love it! :))

  • Thx Amko. Pleny of bright shots in your portfolio too!

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • richman
    richmanalmost 5 years ago

    well worth the hunt
    the black and red look great together, like fireworks
    sometimes i may be better to try to take quick shots rather than try to explain to someone what your intentions are. glad you eventually found what you were seeking margo

  • Thanks Richie. The trouble with the quick shot was the low lighting and I needed a monopod at the very least to give some stability. I thought of calling it Fireworks – it does look like that doesnt it!

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • Catherine Hadler
    Catherine Hadleralmost 5 years ago

    cracking shot! I just love it

  • Thanks so much. I like its pizzaz feeling!

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    What a great story – a ripping yarn that only a true tale can make! Kudos on your good eye & powers of observation.

  • thanks so much Artwhiz. I find Im getting bolder and bolder in taking photos where once my self consciousness would have kept me from such action!

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • Deborah Milligan
    Deborah Milliganalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic shot!

  • Thanks so much. One of my more unusual subjects!! LOL

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 5 years ago

    Way cool abstract!

  • Thx Susan, good to see you dropping by.

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • g richard anderson
    g richard ande...almost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Richard, I appreciate your comment.

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • spr041
    spr041almost 5 years ago

    Great eye gas pump wonderful

  • you need a good eye in this field as you know, Bob!! thanks for the visit and for the fav too.

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Brilliant again like a dying firework fizzling out….

  • Thanks – thats a good image – I like the thought of a dying firework!

    – Marguerite Foxon

  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS, Marguerite! Your awesome, abstract has been featured in Abstract Macro Urban Art

  • Thats great Barbara! thanks.

    – Marguerite Foxon

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