I’ve been trying to take my own advice and really look around at my surroundings for interesting things to photograph. I decided to search for the ugliest thing in my neighborhood – and realized that it’s all of the manhole and drainage covers! Those are probably the most obvious eyesore in every neighborhood!

Since I had never really taken a close look at drain covers before it didn’t occur to me that they actually have some design elements to them! I took a series of funky shots and prettied them up with app filters. I kinda really love the patterns and orange/rust colors and I can’t wait until I’m in New York in August so I can look for some different ones. I might actually have to keep this series going!

Here’s a few of the photos I’ve taken so far:

So what do you think? Are manhole covers still ugly, or do they have the potential for beauty? What other typically ugly things should I take another look at?


5 Responses to “eyesores”

  1. jo(e) on June 1st, 2012 5:59 pm

    I really love that first photo.

  2. Stimey on June 1st, 2012 6:07 pm

    Definitely potential for beauty. Great idea to look for the eyesores. Love it!

  3. MF on June 1st, 2012 8:26 pm

    Excellent idea to photograph everyday items. You’ll find patterns everywhere, and obviously not only in Nature. Nice shots!

  4. alejna on June 4th, 2012 7:09 pm

    I think these make beautiful photos! (Of course, I am probably already biased, as I like to take pictures of manhole covers and sewer grates, myself.) But I love the angles, colors and patterns you’ve captured. Especially in the 1st and 4th.

  5. magpie on June 5th, 2012 12:10 pm

    totally beautiful.

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