This video tells the story of parked cars I have found, taken over fours years on the streets in the San Francisco neighborhoods I inhabit and haunt.
As photo subjects go, parked cars are low hanging fruit. It takes very little effort to walk out of whatever place I find myself in and find a vehicle that peaks my interest in a block or less. They're everywhere and easily accessible just about any time. So what is it about this subject that is appealing to me? The fact that it's a simple, low stress project is one thing. The fact that it's no secret that I'm a petrol-head, is another. I do love cars and I have very strong opinions about what constitutes a good car. To me, good cars are not show-trailer queens or the bright, airbrushed speeding cars we are sold in ads everywhere. A good car is used; a pickup with war wounds; an un-restored, rusty muscle car; a filthy roadster covered in brake-dust and splattered in bugs; a 20 year old RV that is currently someone's home. These are the cars you find parked on the street. They are not unloved, far from it. They are not ugly. They are driven and dirty and un-pampered and to me, that makes them beautiful.
Video created using Photoshop Elements 8, Free Morphing, AVIedit, Vegas Movie Studio 9. All photography and production work by Martin Taylor. Music is one of the Royalty Free acid loops that comes with Vegas.