Tuesday, June 10

andrew bush + cars


In the late 1980s and throughout the '90s, photographer Andrew Bush rigged a 4-by-5-inch camera to the passenger side of his vehicle and snapped photos of the other cars (and drivers) he pulled up next to on the streets of California.

This idea is brilliant. It is so telling. And so fitting for the car-centric western U.S. See much of the exhibit online here. I also like this review from 1997.

Be sure to check out the matter-of-fact titles of his works like "Man finding his way south at 65 mph on Interstate 5 near Wildcat Canyon, California, on a Sunday in 1993."

p.s. I'm also obsessed with this project he did which will get more "air time" later.

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18 comments:

lauracrow said...

i loved this! thanks for the link, ali! i've spent all morning looking at the envelopes....my favorite was "mrs. john f. kennedy" fascinating!

love.boxes said...

Cars used to be so beautiful.. but right now I'm in love with my little mazda that get 36 MPG... otherwise I would die at the pump.

Sal said...

What gorgeous, evocative photos. They make me wish I was road trippin' right now!

laceyJ. said...

Wow... I love this! What wonderful pics.

(ps. I miss your face!)

Jeremy said...

I wonder if the people in the pictures ever sued him or if he somehow got their permission to use photos of them?

Joanna Goddard said...

i love this! kissing in the intersection, bold!

Ann Marie said...

Such a great and fun idea! I too love the kissing in the intersection-dangerous love indeed!

brooke romney said...

Ali.
Looks like you haven't moved yet. I'm in town and dying to get together with the drill girls. Maybe one weeknight next week? Email me at brookeromney@cox.net

Aimee said...

This IS brilliant. And daring. It must have been fun for him, driving around.. pulling up to the car next to him..

angie said...

these are fabulous...i am tempted to make my own...

softspoken said...

these are fantastic! it's funny how much of our lives happen in cars :)

Joslyn said...

so cool...i'm with joanna...love the kissing in the intersection. hubby and i do that ;-)

Chelsea said...

brilliant!

Kami said...

So telling. Wouldn't you love to see your parents back in the day in their first car? Cool.

Jessie Cacciola said...

i love this work. when i was younger, i loved starring at people from my safe spot in the back seat with the slightly tinted windows of my mom's van. but now i can't really do that anymore. :)
- Jessie -

erica said...

such a wonderful idea! i love the blurry backgrounds and the older cars.

Whittaker Family said...

FYI: CJ started a Whittaker family blog
http://whittakercacophony.blogspot.com

amy korngiebel said...

these are fantastic! thanks for the find.