I’ve visited many junkyards both large and small. My footsteps have gone through farmer’s barnyards with a few rusty relics sitting scattered in the weeds, to 300 acre fields of high grass, hot rusty metal, and hungry ticks. It’s always been a fun adventure and some open-ended exploration. You never know what you’ll find. I always enjoy seeing the old vehicles in a historical way, but I also get to make artwork from them for the present. Let me share them here with you.

Most junkyards are full of cars and pickup trucks just as you’d expect. However, some of the coolest junk collections were the unusual ones. I’ve visited a yard entirely of old truck tractor-trailers in the weeds and another of nothing but heavy cranes. The most unusual was a densely packed scrap metal yard with airplanes mixed in with anything else you could imagine. Probably the best was a junkyard with over 4000 cars, none newer than 1972…the Smithsonian of junk, for certain.

I’ve got a thing for all transportation history which includes the cars and pickup trucks in this gallery. Trains too. I enjoy visiting old junkyards in the way-back and discovering things in the rusty relic realm. I like a rusty patina with some original color showing through, a good hood ornament done in a bygone style, and some pockmarked chrome.

Need a part? After all these travels in the mechanical outback, I can easily say it’s probably out there somewhere.

All these images are available on paper, canvas, or super high gloss with the usual free shipping.

Junkyard Photos

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