Vector Portraits by Andrew Bush
LA photographer, Andrew Bush, took the idea of rolling in the passenger seat while absorbing the scenes to a whole new level by attaching a camera to the side of his car. The photos illustrate an interesting balance of recording some drivers who are in their own zone, and a few who are clearly more aware of his presence.
They interest me because it is common to feel shielded in a car, safe and almost invisible. Although you do look out of the window, in some ways what is going on inside the car and the journey you are making is more important than the outside world. The car helps create a bubble. So it is a shock or feels like an invasion at times when you notice people looking in, you can become so engrossed in the bubble you forget people outside of it can still see you and thats what is good about this series. The people who don’t acknowledge Bush are too wrapped up in where they are going or what they are doing, and the people who do, look a bit peeved.
On his website, it is possible for some of the mystery of these journeys to be uncovered as we are given details of where he came across these individuals, the speed they are going, the dates and sometimes funny anecdotes or guesses. The photos were taken travelling around LA, usually at a speed in the range of 50-75 mph, though sometimes much less or motionless altogether. From 1989-97.