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rides is a photographic study of the automobile and its surroundings. Have a look around, comment and share, and let me know what you think.

christopher benton
info@ridesphotos.com

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When I first moved to New York from Louisiana, it took a while to get used to all the walking. I remember going to a grocery store just three blocks away, thinking it was really far and wondering how the hell I would carry everything home.

Now it’s no big deal. But I still remember that initial feeling of being on the street, suddenly noticing how a certain sidewalk of slate turns into concrete, and the way a rusty iron fence leads to bricks and brownstone. I moved to the biggest city in America and instead of skyscrapers or parks I was captivated by the small details.

So these aren’t necessarily car shots. I’m interested in the ways all the elements like color and background work harmoniously. Also the location plays a big part in what I do, whether it’s an industrial area with large buildings or a residential street with perfect hedges. I’m looking for simplicity, color and form and for the car to speak to those elements.

Brooklyn, 2011

6 Comments

  1. Jon P. Walker
    January 13, 2012

    Great stuff, man.

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  2. Betsy Williamson
    December 6, 2011

    There is a story in every photo. I like to think about who owns them, I bet some of them smell funny. Love it!!

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  3. Jules Adler
    November 10, 2011

    You are ‘The Sartorialist’ of hoopties. Awesome!

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  4. John Jefferys
    November 5, 2011

    Very powerful images, the color is hypnotizing. I could look at a thousand more shots. It strikes me how you have made these crappy cars beautiful. It’s almost like they are the discards of the auto world, worn beyond the aesthetic prime of life, and then you come along and take them for one last joy ride. Your like a nice guy who give the old lady at the nursing home one last dance, and she lights up and then everyone in the place can see her beauty.

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  5. ian kraus
    October 26, 2011

    Really great photgraphy !! Love how make the theme work so well.

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  6. Stefan Marjoram
    October 18, 2011

    Terrific photos. I love the cars but the backgrounds are just as interesting. Really looking forward to seeing how the series progresses.

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