I am not the sharpest guy on the block when it comes to pop culture and current trends. So forgive me if I just noticed this – and it’s not news to any of youbut I have seen a remarkable increase in the number of photographers who like to photograph distressed items. Old cars, old warehouses, old anything.
It’s so different from the type of photography I was raised on. I always spent time looking for traditional or classical beauty. The notion that there is beauty to be found in old and deteriorating subjects struck me as something worth exploring.
Then, I started examining how much the HDR craze merges with this and I realized, I was doing some of this photography myself. Many of my HDR subjects are old cars. And the fact that I am full of nostalgia for these objects made me wonder if that’s what drives the desire in others to photograph distressed objects.
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