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cars going back to the elements, Peter Lippmann's pics
February 25, 2012 12:36 PM   Subscribe

Wonderful photos of cars being reclaimed by Nature | the photographer is Peter Lippmann, his website has other alluring and intriguing images of impermanence | historical women with anachronistic fashion accessories [nsfw] and other things.

I like his jewelry pics too.
posted by nickyskye (15 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Poor cars. They look so sad.
posted by octothorpe at 12:45 PM on February 25, 2012


As an old car fanboi these make me so sad. Somebody get in there and salvage those body panels!
posted by Meatbomb at 1:11 PM on February 25, 2012


A maxim of the digital age:

Great art deserves a shit website
posted by the noob at 1:50 PM on February 25, 2012 [7 favorites]


I could stare at pictures like these all day long.
posted by mannequito at 1:53 PM on February 25, 2012


The historical women series is lovely, except that weird shoe fetish. I'd like to see more purses and some other modern anachronisms.
posted by BlueHorse at 1:56 PM on February 25, 2012


Beautiful. There's a whole magic to an old car rotting in nature, as most kids know if they've at all at any time lived in a rustic old world sorta place at some point where cars are just abandoned like that...

The smell of old plastic and rubber, cobwebs and broken glass and rusted metal...
posted by Skygazer at 2:24 PM on February 25, 2012


LOVE. I need prints of a number of these.
posted by arnicae at 2:26 PM on February 25, 2012


we wallow in decay, ruins...but why not recycle so that the earth can have more new cars someday?
posted by Postroad at 2:47 PM on February 25, 2012


These are digitally enhanced in some way, right? Makes the photos look fake.
posted by Defenestrator at 3:50 PM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Pardon the self-link, but this decaying tractor amid a stand of trees makes me happy every time I drive by. Even better, it's right next to several office buildings (including the executive HQ of a major international corporation), so the contrast between shiny glass and aging hardware is interesting. I hope the property owners never remove it.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:56 PM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Seeing these cars being reclaimed by nature gives me a hopeful feeling.
posted by arcticseal at 5:04 PM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know how he did it, but those cars are like once-beautiful oldsters, wrestling with inevitability of succumbing not just to age, but to the greater beauty and eternity of nature.
posted by arzakh at 7:21 PM on February 25, 2012


Right after the shutter fires, the owners all say 'Yep, gonna fix her up one day.'
posted by narcoleptic at 7:29 PM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


A lot of back roads in Hawaii have cars like that all over the place; I spent a happy part of a Maui vacation driving around taking pictures like this (not as skillfully as this guy, though. Sad face)

I assume getting a car junked is expensive (not a lot of junkyard space on an island) so people are more likely to turn dead vehicles into yard planters or just abandon them.
posted by ook at 5:44 AM on February 26, 2012


Oh man, that Traction Avant and DS make this Citro├źn fan sad.
posted by ambrosen at 2:43 PM on March 2, 2012


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