Following-up with Steffen Kamprath’s interesting idea of showing off portfolios of ongoing projects, here’s a mainly image-based contribution of mine : cars that look right in their surroundings.
I’ve been photographing cars like this for some time now, but the idea formalised when watching Top Gear, some years ago.
In the episode, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the E-type Jag, ever-provocative Jeremy Clarkson argued that, when you live in a charming little village in rural Kent, the regulations you need to meet are very strict if you want to change a window or do any visible work to your house.
And, yet, for all this stringent up keeping of the historical look, you are allowed to park the fugliest car in front of your immaculately maintained 18th century cottage. As usual, the deliberate attack on Mr Clarkson’s less-liked cars contained with an uncomfortably high amount of surface-level truth in it.
In my mind, a hilarious comment, at any rate. And one that got me started on a collection of photographs that highlight copacetic relationships between cars and their environment.
Being disorganised by design, I’m totally unable to locate many of those, so here are some of the attempts at populating this project.
Some car photographs work because they really blend in like chameleons,
others because they create a striking composition
or tell an interesting story.
Sometimes all of these.
As per Steffen’s original idea, the point is to seek criticism and orientation to find ideas to move ahead. Some of those appeal to me more than others, in particular those where the blend is strong (the old Mehari, the Boxter, the B&W Lambo, the beige Volvo & Fiat …). The others feel to me like nice pictures of cars, but not really like a project with a strong common thread. But what say you ?