These Photos Of Angelenos And Their Cars Are The Most L.A. Thing Ever - Co.Design

Ryan Schude is here to pay homage to the car capital of the world with his series Them and Theirs . In these cinematic, slightly campy, images, Californians pose in eternal sunshine with their wheels of glory. Other photos are staged like film stills—a man paints a staircase with a long ribbon of yellow, a woman holds a bouquet of flowers in the driveway of a castle-like church. "My work is mostly created narratives," Schude tells Co. Design, "so this is a blend of that while incorporating more of a documentary, portrait series at the same time. The project began back in 2001, when Schude was enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute. He started taking pictures of cars with vanity license plates, but soon abandoned the project and didn’t pick it up again until 10 years later. He also found models by leaving notes under strangers' windshield wipers in parking lots, along with examples of his car portraits by way of explaining that he'd like them to participate in his project. " Before each shoot, Schude talks with the subject about the location and scene they'd like to build together. Schude intends to photographs people and their cars for as long as he can—even for another 20 years, he insists. Source: