I found an amazing subject the other day, an aging abandoned truck. You may think that there wouldn’t be a lot of pictures to take with only one truck. But you would be very wrong.
Sometimes the least likely subject is the one that you can have the most fun with. If you take a few minutes to not only see the subject but to understand its past you can see a lot more then most people.
What to photograph?
I went out for a drive on a cold windy January day looking for something exciting to photograph. In my mind I thought about photographing snowy owls. I turned down a road and I saw sitting next to the road an old abandoned truck.
The wheels had sunk into the ground years ago. The many layers of paint had started to peel off. Some of the paint was blasted off by the many sand and dirt storms of the area. The truck was surrounded by discarded building material. It even had some being stored on the front seat. Amazingly all the glass and the lights were in perfect shape. One side window was open letting in dirt, rain and snow. The weather was also starting to take a toll on the inside of the vehicle.
The look and finish of the prints was dictated by the abandoned truck.
After getting the pictures home and on the computer the colors of the years of paint called out for these pictures to be left in color. Black & white would not show the history like color prints would.
The hood had been blasted by the sun, wind and precipitation over the years and was down to almost the bare metal. The rest of the truck had many shades of rust as well as lots of layers of paint from orange to several shades of blue. The lines of the old truck and the layers of paint make these prints great for a man cave, garage or a bar.