London, ON, September 2010
About this photo: Thematic. Curves. Here.As the world inevitably shifts away from energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs toward compact fluorescents and, eventually, LEDs, I think about what we lose in the process. I'm all for greening the planet, of course, but sometimes there's a flip side that gets ignored in the rush toward supposed eco-friendliness. For example, when a conventional bulb blows, it really blows, often leaving a freaky-looking residue on the inside of the glass. But when a CFL blows, it leaves a trace amount of delightfully toxic mercury. Yum.
So for as long as we have incandescent bulbs around - not very, by the looks of it - I'm going to shoot them for posterity. And when they blow as spectacularly as this one, I might even share the results here.
Your turn: What else is disappearing from our modern midst? Does its disappearance please or bother you?