A hammered metal bowl filled to overflowing with rusty keys in an antiques shop. I found this to be a romantic and Rustic Chic assemblage, but where were their counterparts – their missing locks, their other halves? I wondered. I took a bit of time to examine a few of them. Some were complicated, some were simple, some were well-used, others not at all. But all were beautiful in their make and I couldn’t help but think about what they opened up or closed out. Do each of us have a stray key lurking here? Which one is yours?
Photo by Joel Woodard