Many decades ago when I was but a poor college student, at the end of each semester some friends and I would travel around town gathering up all the box springs and mattresses that graduating seniors were throwing away. We would then deliver them to the homeless shelters. We thought doing that served three purposes:
- Got rid of the visual blight that hits so many college communities at graduation time.
- Helped the homeless shelters because they could either set up the beds for use by the homeless or sell them to make money.
- It made us feel good.
Probably 90% of the beds were single beds, sometimes double beds, but rarely queen or king size. Those same 90% were in good condition; the only reason they were being disposed of was because the graduating senior had a job and was going to buy a much bigger bed, probably a queen or king size, figuring that, after
four five six years of college, s/he had earned the privilege of buying and sleeping in a big, comfortable bed.
Memories came flooding back when I saw this bed abandoned in a college community near me:
It was all wet from a day’s worth of rain (in San Diego?) so it wasn’t salvageable, but I thought it would make an awesome picture.
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Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America