Car and Driver

Car and Driver still is a powerful symbol in relation to the perception of automobiles. It’s the magazine you find in the dentist’s office with the bright colored sports cars ont he front, and one of the infrequent intrusionsof car culture into the the consciousness of people who don’t consider themselves interested in cars. It is the everyday byword for car enthusiast. It signifies a heightened relationship between a person and a car.  Start talking about the “responsiveness” of a car’s steering, or the “feel” of a car and you might get a sarcastic response, “What are you, practicing to write for Car and Driver?” 

 

The term itself has a power to put non-enthusiasts into a car-centric mindset. I title these pictures “Car and Driver” because the words themselves imply a connectivity between the driver and the automobile, regardless of the interaction felt by the driver him or herself. The title implies a relationship that may or may not be there.

There is always a process of implying meaning through collecting pictures on this car blog, where old cars are validated with a short history lesson, or praised as enthusiast choices. I rarely have the slightest idea who the owner of the featured car is, or why he or she has held onto their old car for so long, making any of my judgments judgments of my own. The cars that exist on this website are not exactly as they exist down on the street.

The final implication  of these pictures is that of the photographer. Freed from the act of driving, the photographer looks for a way to fight boredom on long drives, or to capture a moment of interest on the move. The camera frames the driver and the car together, implying an active moment in a long drive, something that is dominated rather with passivity and inactivity by the near-motionless person at the wheel.

Ultimately, the relationships between automobiles, people, and the environment are hardly as concrete as they might seem, and can be shaped and defined by a camera.

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