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Just in case I haven’t said it enough, I’ll tell you again what a huge fan I am of dirt roads.  You just don’t find scenes like this along the interstate.  If I hadn’t been meandering on the back roads of Washington state last month, I never would’ve come across these two old vehicles parked side by side in the shade, like weary travelers taking a rest on a hot day.

Normally making a shot in the middle of the day in dappled light would be disastrous, but the vehicles (as luck would have it) were mostly in the evenly lit shade.  The more dappled light around them and behind them sets them off nicely.

I was pondering why I like this image, and I realized that it’s not only the fact that there are two vehicles, but that they are parked so that they’re mirroring each other’s “pose.”  So often you just see one vehicle sitting off by itself in the woods or in a field.  Those images can be great as well, but there’s a certain loneliness to them.  Seeing a lone truck in a big field of wheat, for example,  can emphasize the feeling of abandonment and neglect.

I also like that the vehicles are similar, yet different.  They both appear to be from roughly the same vintage, judging by the huge rounded fenders and the shape of the grills.  And yet they are clearly different, the car on the left and the truck on the right, and served different functions in their day.  But almost equal amounts of rust and wear have made these vehicles more similar to each other than they would have looked when they were new.

I love photographic gestalt, when an image turns out to be more than the sum of its parts.

An old car and an old truck, rusting together at the edge of a wood.  We should all be this lucky, to have at least one good friend to grow old with…

It was Winnie the Pooh who said, “It’s so much friendlier with two.”

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  1. Reblogged this on Coretan Daku.


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