59 Old Vehicles Down On The Streets Of San Francisco

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This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than Island That Rust Forgot. Today we're going to check out some of the work of San Francisco photographer Martin Taylor, who was actually paying attention in photography class when they taught all that stuff about composition and color that I was never really able to figure out. The photo above of the New Yorkerpage Camper Special alone would be enough, but those of you who make the jump will see dozens more great shots (and read Mr. Taylor's descriptions). [Street Parking]


I am a huge fan of Jalopnik in general and of the DOTSBE in particular. I accidentally began a photographic project in a similar vein in 2004 which I current call "Typology of Street Parking" but it has become a little unwieldy so here are a few favorites instead of the whole shebang.

I am a big old petrol-head now living in San Francisco so most of the pictures are taken there but some are from the rest of the Bay Area and a few from the UK (from my last visit back home). Although the project is ostensibly about cars it really is more to do with photography - the cars are sometimes less important than their backgrounds or environments and how the compliment and juxtapose each other.

There's some Bechtle in there but more Bernd and Hilla Becher (I even borrowed their word "typology"). I've also found that someone in the art photography world has also done something similar as my wife bought be this book for Christmas: Bernhard Fuchs: Autos - it's crazy expensive now it's out of print but it is a European art photographer who took pictures of parked cars - of course there is also Martin Parr (I am a big fan) with his "From A to B" and "Parking Spaces".


Glad to see I'm not the only loon out their who thought photographing cars parked on the street was interesting.

Regards - Martin

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Almost (Note: I did say almost) all of these shots are suitable for framing. True artistic sense of color, subject, and message. The real standouts for me are as follows: The Yellow Cabriolet (with the yellow background... superb!), The Red Honda Civic Coupe (with writing all over it, and the house behind it.... marvelous!), The Cadillac parked on top of a hill (Great distance shot!), And the T-Bird Coupe (Squarebird, with an Arrow pointing to it... Brilliant!)

Some of the standout cars though include that Chrysler Camper, the 2 tone blue Dodge Van, and that Ford 3/4 ton Stepside...