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Phil Douglis | profile | all galleries >> Gallery Forty-Six: Automotive expression – turning rusting metal into visual ideas tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Gallery Forty-Six: Automotive expression – turning rusting metal into visual ideas



Over the last few years, I’ve added many travel images featuring junked cars to these galleries – so many, in fact, that the subject has earned its own gallery in my cyberbook on expressive travel photography. A recent visit to Death Valley, which probably hosts more dead cars per capita than any other region of the United States, provided fertile ground to give this new gallery a running start.

Not only do inert old cars have a great nostalgic appeal, but they also come in many colors, shapes, sizes, contexts, and conditions. They can offer natural incongruities, are rich in human values, and provide great opportunities for abstraction. Because automobiles represent human aspiration and dreams as well as provide basic transportation, they can become highly symbolic when photographed as expression.

I start this gallery with a selection of such examples, photographed in and around Death Valley, California. I hope to add more examples on future travels.

I present this gallery in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a detailed caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.