I have developed an obsession with photographing cars. Atheistically, the colours & shapes can be beautiful, especially when you spot a 'gem' amongst a sea ‘dull' generic modern designs and colours.
My obsession for photographing cars first began after trying out colour film about 3 years ago for the first time. On my first ever roll of colour film i captured this old beaten up Datson (pictured below), a car that I had so much fun in with my good mate Nicko when growing up in regional Western Australia. After getting the negatives back I really loved the look, how colour film could bring out the nostalgic beauty and hold colours so well, something that digital lacked.
From there the obsession began. I started noticing old and unique cars on the street in a completely new way, and would pull over everywhere i went for a quick candid photo, or two at the most, given the cost of film processing today. After doing this for a year or so my eyes became really sensitive to any beautiful old, or quirky cars on the streets, so sensitive I could spot them through the corner of my eye from 2 or 3 streets away.
I photograph in a documentary, candid style, focusing mainly on the Marine Pde coastal strip between Cottesloe and Fremantle. I use 100% film as film deals with colours really when shooting in the middle of the day.
I often meet the car owners who are usually more than happy for me to photograph their car, and they all have something in common, that is, they are very proud of their cars, and their car often seems to reflect their personalities. or make up a part of who they are, and how people view them in the community.
They also usually have interesting stories behind the cars, rather than ‘i purchased from a car yard etc’, the stories quite often involve the cars being handed down through generations, and even been given to partners as engagement presents. The quite often have ‘names'.
These cars that i choice to photograph are way for than 'just a means of transportation’. Owners love their cars and are usually more than happy to tell me all about them.
Recently this project has taken a side road and my focus has been trying to capture the story behind the cars through video. I have decided the only way to find out more about the cars was to interview the owners and find out their connection with the car. This has involved putting notes under the windscreen wiper of cars asking the owners to call me for an interview.