Scented American

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 07 2010

Category: street

1 Comment

Focal Length:75mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Dusty Top

My motivation for shooting this came primarily from the American flag Christmas tree air freshener hanging from the rearview. Usually I think those things look so tacky, but here, somehow it was straight wonderful. It somehow classed up the car even more, taking its vintageness with its deep black paint to a new level. Maybe that’s a stretch. But what I’m getting at is this tiny accent on this car is like some wonderful accessory that just makes the outfit.

Moving beyond that, the overall tone of the image is really working for me. There’s the sunlight bouncing off the top while the sky blends ever so smoothly rom a white to black around the BMW emblem on the trunk. I’d say it almost has a film look to it, as if it’s a photo from back when the car was new and it’s just turned up. Except there’s that new Cadillac in the top right corner. It’s actually quite distracting, and if I really liked this image I might chop the Caddy out. But it’s also an interesting foil to this classy old car. It’s the aggressive new age, staring the elder down across the lot.

Notice all of the shapes here. They’re everywhere. From the emblem and tail lights to the headrests, dash board, etc… It’s like a big blocky collage of polygons that came to be through a strategic game of (German engineered) Tetris.

I wonder if the freshener smells like Christmas.

One comment on “Scented American”

  1. I bet it smells like freedom.

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