Now that I've lived out here for four years (!), I've learned that images of old rusted-out cars and trucks are must-have elements of the photographic vocabulary of New Mexico. And they're not too hard to find if you look:
|Lake Valley, NM|
|San Fidel, NM|
But the "mother lode" for old cars and trucks is the Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum located about 30 miles east of Albuquerque in Moriarty, New Mexico. I made my second visit to this shrine about a month ago, with a group of other photographers from our Camera Club.
The building is filled with a jumble of restored antique autos and old toys, and, dimly lit, it's not photography-friendly. But around back are acres of cars, trucks, buses, trailers, all rusting away in the brilliant New Mexico sun . . .
Some of the vehicles appear to be in relatively good shape . . .
. . . while others are clearly not:
The vehicles are packed cheek-by-jowl, so it's practically impossible to photograph a single car in its entirety.
The physical arrangement of the cars forces a different photographic strategy: shooting portions of vehicles . . .
or shooting details:
And this is where it gets very interesting visually. The closer you get, the more beautiful these objects become. Here's an example.
Here's another example:
Eventually, it all becomes abstract, and a different world opens up:
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