This rusting car is parked forever amidst the colorful chaos that characterizes the setting of the historic Route 66 Motel in the California Mohave Desert town of Barstow.
It is difficult to know where the paint leaves off and the rust begins on this ancient automobile. I intensify that question by showing you just enough of the car to identify its function, and little else. I abstract the image into a geometrical grid – including only part of its radiator, hood, engine vents and fender, and combining them into a gilded box rusting in the warm glow of the morning sun. I let the rest of the car drive through your imagination.
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Time Traveler, Route 66 Motel, Barstow, California, 2006
The yard surrounding Barstow's vintage Route 66 Motel is strewn with the rusted hulks of cars that once traveled Route 66 itself. This one is permanently parked next to a palm. The most striking feature of this image is the symbolic value of its color content. I use color here to symbolize a form of time travel. The rusted interior, representing the past, contrasts with the vitality of the green and yellow palm, which represents today. Meanwhile, the muted golden color seen through the dirty windshield symbolizes the undefined future.
A few comments:
Beautiful image. i love the way you have used colours to signify times. rusty brown for the past. green for the vitality and energy of today, with the future i'd like to deviate a bit. the way i look at it is that the golden age signified prosperity in India, so i would consider the golden color seen through the dirty windshield as a sign of good days coming. Overall its a lovely image, soft colours and the curvaceous tendrils on the palm adds to the image.