I have received more responses to this image than any other to date. Taken one morning on Parkside Avenue on my way to work, it's one image that people have been drawn to. Shown in greater context than most of the other umbrella corpses, social commentary dominates in this environmental portrait.
I love this umbrella corpse mostly for its ruffles. It reminds me of a flower that has been plucked from its stem. I also love the bright colors on the paper around the border.
Why I remember that I found this one at the corner of 14th and 4th, I have no idea. I was on my way to Jam Paper, several years ago. I love it's form, and that it's abandoned on a street corner next to a lamppost.
While each of these could stand alone, I like the 4 of them together. It could be because they were all shot in the same neighborhood, but the additional elements of bicycle wheels, architecture and street scenes thread them together.
I love this one from Montreal. (Not a surprise there were several umbrella corpses there, they get the same windy, rainy days that we do here in New York.) It seems dignified resting against a bright blue fence on the edge of a garden.
This one was left hanging on a chainlink fence in my old neighborhood in Queens. That's astroturf beyond the fence!
This was taken on Wall Street. It reminds me of a time when I was a kid, my dad told me about someone who had dropped dead of a heart attack and was dead "before he hit the pavement". Macabre, I know.
This one I remember, too, I was walking up Sixth Avenue with a former coworker near Herald Square. It's the iconic $5 umbrella, sold on the street when it rains. They can last a really long time, much longer than some that cost more than twice as much. Why it was abandoned at a newsstand is anyone's guess.
I love so much about this one: red umbrella corpse, bright blue bicycle, luscious green summertime grass. It's one of my favorite images to stand alone at larger scale. But when I spotted the illustration of a bicycle in a magazine, I wanted to use it with this image. It's another one from Montreal.