About six years ago I went to New York to spend a week with Jay Maisel. There were 9 of us in the class and we spent a lot of time walking around the city taking pictures that we thought met the requirements that Jay set forth in his lectures. Jay emphasized Light, Color and Gesture as important to make a great photograph. Light and Color were relatively easy but the Gesture was the hard part. How does the picture of a tree or a building show Gesture.
We spent a lot of time looking at his famous bank building in New York. He had many books of other photographers that inspired him, many of which now inspire me. I have started collecting photography books since that class.
On one of the floors that he showed us was a collection of what I would call inspiring found things. He had collected many things that he thought would photograph well and placed near windows and other light sources. I decided then that I wanted to do this. I do not have a whole building (and forgiving family) that would allow me to do that. I have done it on a much smaller scale.
I have recently been interested in gears. Gears are to me the very basic unit of technology.
You can find gears all over ebay and at antique shops. A while back I bid on a box of clock parts that was full of gears. Here are just some of them.