Anatomy of a Dumpster: 12 Textures

Every once in a while when I'm out shooting textures for this site, I will happen upon an item or area that just oozes quality textures, whether it be an abandoned house or a dry lake bed or an old junkyard.

Today's textures come from a single dumpster I found in an alley a couple of weeks ago. I spent 10-15 minutes shooting every angle of the dumpster (I'm sure the people walking by thought I was a little "special"), but the fruits of my labor were worth it. I came out of the impromptu photo shoot with the following 12 textures.

Just click on each image to download the high-res version or download them all in a zip file by clicking on the link at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments (20)

great textures. Love them. Just wonder if I have to wash them before use. LOL

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDreamspeaker

no you will need to wash yourself after you use them!

December 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Miller

I had my elder sister take shots of each side of a dumpster at her apartment complex. I needed them for realistic digital 3D project. As for texture, the dumpster was in too good of shape. I needed some rust and funk for it. Thanks to your willingness to photograph that dumpster and your generosity, I have some gunge texture to dirty up my dumpster. Much appreciated!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTreva

You know what this reminds me of? The film 'American Beauty'. I hope you've seen it. Your appreciation for the beauty to be found in objects most people would consider ugly, like a dumpster, is just like the young male character in that film, when he films a plastic bag. Very cool.

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharity

Muy buenas texturas. Muy buen trabajo. Te felicito.
Gracias por agregarle cosas buenas a la web.

June 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZeroaranha

awesome! love the rust especially!

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpinkthink

really nice, caleb. good work on the photog and the reproduction.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertari

i like the 2nd to the last one.... the swirly rusty one. These all are killer - as per usual. Thank you so much!!



January 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterk..c.

I once made a 'painting' spraying acid on iron, grade effect in rust!

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteritsashirt t shirts

LOVELY !!! the 11th looks like specially designed by van gogh - the pack is extra special - Thanks !!!

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April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLathor

Realy good post ,very interesting..good work on the pictures keep posting. best wishes

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabraham

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July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Dement

What's with all the comment spammers!!!!????? You guys suck! Trying to make a dime off someone's generosity is just pathetic! (Had to say that! )
Anyway, thanks for these most excellent textures! I love rust textures and photographs. I've been known to pick up discarded rusty family just thinks I'm crazy!

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