Urban carscapes

It’s not often we’re truly wowed by automotive photography – we really live in a time of image saturation, and thus (to a certain degree), desensitization – but here are two recent examples that really made us stop and linger— probably precisely because the car has been de-emphasized in favor of the larger surroundings (and in one of the examples is nothing but a bit player— hardly anything ‘automotive’ about the image at all).

Fascinating images of a fascinating place (Hong Kong), and a lesson to anyone wanting to take compelling car photos (put the telephoto or zoom lens down and take several steps back).

Image credits: www.isphoto.lv (top), xavibarca (bottom)

~ by velofinds on December 11, 2012.

8 Responses to “Urban carscapes”

  1. Diablo looks like he’s in for some electric work over on the darkside… I miss HKG car culture. Getting a near new exotic for next to nothing, just because it looked ‘old’. Getting new tires fitted in the street by a man wearing no shoes or shirt called Fat. Buying a car on one level of a multistory car park, and getting it insured on another. The Sunday morning blast out to Luk Keng on near empty roads. Contrary to expectations, HKG is a massive place to own a car. Neko.

  2. Hey, thanks for sharing my picture with the Diablo. I am really happy to hear such good feedback about it, especially since right after I took it I was really worried that the others would not like it as much as I did. I am glad that when you look at it, you have the same emotions and feelings as I do when I walk through this fascinating city. This is the best compliment for me.

  3. Context is everything. Great pictures!

  4. What great shots – takes me back to my last visit to Hong Kong, where every side street, every alleyway is a world unto itself. I must have shot a hundred pics of these fantastic micro scenes. And loads of automotive eye candy prowling the streets, too!

  5. Don’t forget the Benz in the background….might it be this one, by any chance?

    Mercedes, 220, (W115), Kowloon, Hong Kong

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