For a series entitled Conversations with History, Tempe, Arizona-based photographer David Emitt Adams collected discarded cans that he found throughout the deserts of Arizona, all the while photographing the desert itself. Then, using the wet collodion process, a photographic process introduced in the 1850s, David developed his desert photos directly onto the cans he found there, creating awesome pieces that are both photograph and artifact.

"For this body of work, I collect discarded cans from the desert floor, some over four decades old, which have earned a deep reddish-brown, rusty patina. This patina is the evidence of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography. I use these objects to speak of human involvement with this landscape and create images on their surfaces through a labor-intensive 19th century photographic process known as wet-plate collodion. The result is an object that has history as an artifact and an image that ties it to its location. These cans are the relics of the advancement of our culture, and become sculptural support to what they have witnessed."

Visit David Emitt Adams’ website to view more pieces from the Conversations with History series.

[via Beautiful Decay]