Vector Portraits (1989-1997)
June 24, 2008 2:22 PM   Subscribe

Los Angeles-based photographer Andrew Bush mounts a camera on the side of his car to capture freeway drivers in the southwestern United States.

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posted by dhammond (33 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 


Man and woman passing through the intersection of Cahuenga and Hollywood boulevards, Hollywood, at 33 mph on February 14, 1997
posted by longdaysjourney at 2:27 PM on June 24, 2008


Really cool. Thanks for posting this.
posted by nevercalm at 2:30 PM on June 24, 2008


Clever. I'm wondering how conspicuous the rig is—is there any info on the setup, any shots of his vehicle?
posted by cortex at 2:32 PM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Awesome.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:39 PM on June 24, 2008


londaysjourney: good one, but I've done naughtier things at higher speeds at that intersection. Where were the photographers that night?

Anyhow, this is excellent; thanks dhammond.
posted by carsonb at 2:41 PM on June 24, 2008


72mph.. 31mph.. 47mph.. weird
posted by stbalbach at 2:44 PM on June 24, 2008


Did he purposely choose vehicles from the sixties and seventies?
posted by docpops at 2:45 PM on June 24, 2008


So I'm somewhere near San Jose, on my way to San Francisco after working from a remote office, to play a random music gig. Traffic is almost completely blocked, and I assume it's going to stay that way, so I proceed to pull out my ukulele and practice (including singing) while I creep along at a couple of miles per hour.

It finally occurs to me that other people might be looking, and so I turn to my right, just before the guy in the car to my right notices me, laughs out loud in a very friendly way, and then drives on. I elect to assume that this will be everyone's response, and continue practicing.

The gig was okay, but I think I made random people in cars happier with my mobile performance.
posted by davejay at 2:49 PM on June 24, 2008 [2 favorites]


I certainly had a larger audience on the road
posted by davejay at 2:49 PM on June 24, 2008


I expected to see more nose picking.
posted by mazola at 2:55 PM on June 24, 2008


Holy crap, it's Angelyne!
posted by infinitewindow at 2:57 PM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


He caught Angelyne in her pink Corvette - (more on Angelyne)
posted by Argyle at 2:59 PM on June 24, 2008


Wow, infinitewindow beat me to it. I guess TV engineers think the same way.
posted by Argyle at 3:01 PM on June 24, 2008


Did he purposely choose vehicles from the sixties and seventies?

This is probably my own bias for clunkers showing, but I suspect the folks driving older cars are more likely to be characters themselves.
posted by maxwelton at 3:10 PM on June 24, 2008


It's nice to think that Angelyne almost certainly assumed she was being snapped because she's "a star."
posted by dhammond at 3:15 PM on June 24, 2008


It's projects like this that make me drive around perpetually contorting my face in the most horrifying ways that I am physically capable of, just in case someone is documenting me.

Also: it scares children.

And sometimes dogs.
posted by quin at 3:18 PM on June 24, 2008


...southwestern United States? I live in the southwestern United States..

Oh no... Did he get me? He didn't get me, did he? Cuz I sing very loud and off key to the radio when I'm driving. That'd be embarrassing! I can't bare to look!
posted by ZachsMind at 3:19 PM on June 24, 2008


Hey, lookit dat! Her jeep matches her hair!
posted by ZachsMind at 3:20 PM on June 24, 2008


Hey, lookit dat! Her coupe matches her facelift!
posted by ZachsMind at 3:22 PM on June 24, 2008


High school students facing north at 0 mph on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westwood, California, at 3:01 p.m. on a Saturday in February 1997

YES.
posted by blasdelf at 3:24 PM on June 24, 2008


I can't bare to look!

So, you were singing off-key and naked?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:33 PM on June 24, 2008


YES.

Hey, huge style points for having a tired but lovable Deux Cheveux. That dude had better be "getting more ... than a toilet seat," he's earned it.
posted by maxwelton at 5:01 PM on June 24, 2008


Nice project. Thanks for the post.
posted by xod at 5:42 PM on June 24, 2008


Oscar Goldman!
posted by tetsuo at 5:48 PM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Automatic Gunfire?
posted by autodidact at 5:52 PM on June 24, 2008


damn, i always wanted to do this.
posted by beccaj at 6:09 PM on June 24, 2008


A fucking QuickTime warning would have been appreciated.

Like:

WARNING: QUICKTIME!
posted by mrgrimm at 6:15 PM on June 24, 2008


My apologies, mrgrimm. The computer and modem I am using was manufactured sometime in the current century and I wasn't even aware that there's a Quicktime file rendering a small moving image on the page. Please forgive me.
posted by dhammond at 6:49 PM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great post. Like his other stuff, too but the car stuff is particularly interesting.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:03 PM on June 24, 2008


A damn JPEG warning would have been appreciated too.

Like: WARNING: JPEG IMAGE ON A WEB PAGE!

WTF, dhammond?
posted by Argyle at 6:38 AM on June 25, 2008


Yeah, those QuickTime jpegs crashed my browser. And then the .gifs came and ate my dog's homework. And I blame it all on you, dhammond.

But since you invented the B3, all is forgiven.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:42 AM on June 25, 2008


WARNING: INTERNET
posted by Dr-Baa at 8:03 AM on June 25, 2008 [2 favorites]


The problem with Quicktime is that the automatic updates insist on installing iTunes along with the Quicktime upgrade. You can opt out of the procedure, but then you don't get the Quicktime upgrade.

You can manually go to the Apple site and download just the plain old Quicktime upgrade.

I don't have an iPod - for months I was wondering why my snazzy work computer would brain-fart when it hit Quicktime, while my decrepit machines at home - where my kids have iTunes software - ran Quicktime just fine. One day I got sick of it and went to the Apple site and downloaded the upgrade. A few days later another work machine popped up with the Apple software upgrade dialog box, and it struck me that Apple really really wants you to install iTunes.

So, yeah, Quicktime, bleah. But hurry on down and get your upgrades, cause these photos are very cool. There's a very L.A.-noir quality to them.
posted by Xoebe at 1:32 PM on June 25, 2008


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