Auto Images

I have never been a fan of images taken out of car windows. The odd one is fine, but when you do a whole show on the subject I tend to find the whole thing a bit dull. I remember my big disappointment when I seen Todd Hido's Roaming series. I thought it might be on par with his fine night series House Hunting, but it was just images made from a car window.

 Todd Hido. Roaming
One cannot help thinking its like when pensioners go for day trips, stop at a beauty spot, and then scoff their egg sandwiches and drink their tea without even stepping out for a breath of fresh air.. Despite this I ventured to the Howard Greenberg gallery in New York to see 'From The Car' by Joel Meyerowitz. Images he made way back on a trip to Europe. 

Joel Meyerowitz. From The Car series

I found the show as cold as the wind that day (and the gallery staff) and was failed to be moved by any of the images. There is no doubt that Meyerowitz is one fine street photographer, but I cannot help thinking may be he should of gotten out of the car.

Doyle. Car Wash. Boulder CA

This is one of only a few taken from a car window (which I rather like). My excuse was that the light was fading so fast that I did not have time to park the car, undo my seat belt and get out.

I could go on and mention oodles of photographers making 'Auto Images', but I will stop there. Fact is, it shouldn't matter where you are.

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