Graveyard of Trucks

What I love about photography, as a hobby, is that it has pushed me to explore my surroundings. At home, in DC, that means exploring every inch of the city in an effort to find interesting buildings, hidden gems, and otherwise see people live their lives. in my other home, Charlottesville, that means exploring the whole of central Virginia.

To that end, over holiday break, I went with my wife and in-laws to a truck graveyard near Columbia, Virginia; an aging town, long past it's former glory. The graveyard itself sits on a field about 20 minutes from town, and is owned part of an actual trucking company, which rents out tractor trailers for use. There is no admission, but you do have to contact the owners and ask permission to visit. we did that, and brought some beer as a "thank you" for letting us take pictures.

I brought two cameras. The first, a fixed-lens, medium format rangefinder, is equipped with a "normal lens" that gives you a perspective roughly equivalent to what you see. The second was an Olympus OM-1 with a 24mm lens, for an ultra-wide perspective. The rangefinder had a roll of Kodak Porta 400, with 10 exposures. And I was finishing a roll of Ilford Delta 400 in the Olympus. Sunset was approaching as we got there, so we were racing against time a bit for photos, but I think the results were great.

With my shots, I tried to capture as much as the graveyard as I could, with an emphasis on color. I love the way the rust and decay looks, how it interacts with light, how it looks in its surroundings. Also, every so often, I think about giving up medium format, and then I look at the sharpness and tonality of these shots and I immediately think—no way.

Anywho, I hope you like these shots. Let me know what you think.