Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Study in Pink: Bear

WHEN: January 2009
WHERE: Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh

Opening a series of abandoned pink toys is this bear, face down in dirty snow, and potentially the victim of some German automotive engineering.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Left-Backs of Notre Dame

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Wilkinsburg, PA
In both windows of an abandoned storefront, these forgotten, faded gargoyles from the Disney movie keep their lonely watch.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

ISO: Teddy Bear Head

WHEN: 2004
WHERE: Bufflao, NY
PHOTO: Julian M. in Buffalo

Julian sez: "I found this headless teddy bear behind a vacant shopping plaza. I was looking for (and finding) stray shopping carts." [Check out Julian's lost-shopping-cart project; link is on blog roll to the right.]

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March Sadness

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Braddock, PA
PHOTO: Larry R. of Pittsburgh

While everybody's all het up over college hoops this week, this b-ball gets no love.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Goodbye Winter!

WHEN: February 2009
WHERE: Friendship, Pittsburgh

That's one big thawing Hulk Hand saying buh-bye!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

All Dressed Up ...

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Lawrenceville, Pitsburgh
ADDED PATHOS: Cigarette butt

This little cat has got his tuxedo on -- or at least the top half of it -- and is ready to be somewhere more fabulous than the gutter by the gas station.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Candy Nobody Wants

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Downtown, Pittsburgh
I go by this spot twice a day and last week, a stuffed giant roll of Lifesavers suddenly appeared on the train tracks.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Street Smarts

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
ADDED PATHOS: Cigarette butts

It's not often you see a brain lying in the gutter. This one is on the loose from The Law School, Duquesne University. It made it halfway across town, but the journey ended here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Disgruntled Gorilla

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: Bellevue, PA
PHOTO: Andrew

Yeah, I'd be pissed, too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Abandoned Baby

WHEN: June 2007
WHERE: Wicker Park, Chicago
PHOTO: Laurie in Chicago

It sorta looks peaceful, but then there are those weird scratches on the head ...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Asleep With Jesus

WHEN: Winter 2007
WHERE: Groveland, California
PHOTO: Lizzie

Continuing a series of lost babies is this awesomely bizarre photo.

Lizzie says: "Last winter, I was in a cemetery, taking pictures of old gravestones (something I often do.) Lots of times you'll see children's graves with toys or balloons on them, which are sweet and sad. This wasn't one of those. This was more like somebody lost their baby doll in the graveyard (which sounds like a Ramones song)."

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Babe in the Woods

WHEN: December 2008
WHERE: Homestead, PA
ADDED PATHOS: Beer bottle

It could be bucolic -- the naked babe among the leaves, except these are all nasty, wet dead leaves, there's trash everywhere and the doll's all twisted. Still working that pacifier, though.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

River of Lost Toys

WHEN: February 2009
WHERE: Station Square docks, Pittsburgh

Over the winter, a lot of trash backs up on the rivers. This epic pile-up on the Mon River is harboring a disordered flotilla of toys that headed downstream to nowhere. Leaning over the bridge, I counted over 20 balls and a couple pool noodles. Visible in all the muck: a basketball.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bad Hair Day

WHEN: November 2008
WHERE: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
This gal's got a lot of problems -- lying in the gutter, no body -- but even just a light comb-out would help mess on her head.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Little Pony

WHEN: January 2009
WHERE: Washington, D.C.
PHOTO: Stewart in DC

Run free, little pony, run free!