Sandy Burr Photography | Rusted

A recent trip to an old car grave yard resulted in several images of the sides and hoods of the cars that combined such interesting colors and textures that I knew I had to use them somehow. By themselves they were stunning abstracts but I wanted them to tell a different kind of story.

My solution was to layer other images on top, carefully matching the demographics of both to offer just a little bit of believability to these imaginary vistas. The rusted car doors thus became hills and skies, water and sunrise. The old is transformed to something new that becomes unexpected and can transport the viewer to a new place.

In these pieces I have stepped outside my philosophy that “sometimes color gets in the way” and instead celebrate the glorious colors of these pieces. As a counterpoint to this I have used black-and-white images as my “landscape” so the colors are the stars.