Photography: Andrew Bush's 66 Drives

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 07 April 2012 16:00

Just today I bumped into a newspaper article about a photography exhibition of drivers and their cars in Amsterdam. Looking at the pictures I was sure I had seen them before, and indeed they are the work of Californian photographer Andrew Bush who shot the set of photos from 1990-1997 while driving about on Californian streets and highways. Mounting a photo camera to the passenger seat of his own car and using a remote shutter cable, Bush frames his victims from the side whilst driving or at traffic lights and captures the extraordinary characters behind the wheels of their vehicles. Nothing staged, just spontaneous shots. It is a great showcase of car culture in California, where a car seems a life necessity, you need it, for everything. Considering it features mostly old cars a perfect subject for this site to cover, so here we are, just take in some of the photos featured in this thread. These photos show reality but there are, if you look closely, some very amusing little touches. There's a car with bullet holes, a badly disguised airport car and so on. On top of that it is a very nice 'guess-the-car game', as not the whole car is photographed, read on and have guess in the comments!


Man traveling southbound at 67 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Montecito, California, at 6:31 p.m. on or around the 28th of a summer month on a Sunday in 1994


Man heading south at 73 mph on Interstate 5 near Buttonwillow Drive outside of Bakersfield, California, at 5:36 p.m. on a Tuesday in March 1992

Woman heading west at 71 mph on Interstate 44 outside Rolla, Missouri, at 11:43 a.m. in January 1991

No comment by photographer :-)

Man about to cross a bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area at 61 mph at 2:14 p.m. on a winter day in the early part of 1992

Man drifting near the shoulder at 61 mph on Interstate 405 around the Getty Drive exit at 4:01 p.m. on a Tuesday in September 1992

Someone's son traveling northbound at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 near Santa Barbara at 1:55 p.m. in August 1993

Man (possibly someone in character) traveling northwest at 60 mph on U.S. Route 101 in the vicinity of Hollywood on a late Sunday afternoon in March 1991

See the whole set of the '66 drives' set here.

The photography exhibition of these photos is in Amsterdam at 'Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen' until 12 May 2012, see here.