Classic Cars Transposed Into Scenes Create Evocative Narratives
French photographer Mr. Nicolas Dhervillers is best known for transposing people into dimly lit landscapes creating a juxtaposition of environment and purpose. Frequently, it leads to images that have a haunting, isolated quality. Additionally, the disconnect in the lighting on the people and environment adds yet another layer of incongruity. But more recently he exhibited a series transposing classic cars into scenes inspired by movies and intended to have a cinematic quality. The series, entitled “Road Movie,” is experimental, as if trying to evoke a storyboarded script.
He selected the particular autos because they have stories to tell: some of them come from famous films and they each relate a narrative. In some ways, the transposition sort of speaks to music sampled in order to contrast with the primary beat. Nicolas isn’t really a car aficionado, does not own a classic car, nor does he plan on purchasing one. That’s fine as he approached this project with a goal in mind and the cars are simply vehicles (pardon the pun) for telling the tale. His work has been featured in multiple exhibits and is in several important collections such including the French National Library and the Parisian Municipal Foundation for Contemporary Art.
To check out more of his work, head to his site, here.