A Portrait of Cars is project by photographer Ben Reynolds that takes you on a road trip from Cottesloe Beach to Fremantle in Western Australia, and provides you with a taste of the car culture in the west.
Beginning on the Marine Parade coastal road, the journey hugs the coastline of Cottesloe and its quiet Norfolk Pine avenued streets, passing several surf breaks and a small cluster of corner stores and local hotels before entering Fremantle past the ports shipping containers and over the picturesque 'old bridge'.
Once crossing 'the old bridge' the journey continues down Fremantle's legendary 'Cappuccino Strip', weaves through several quaint Italian influenced side-streets and the remaining few traditional family run corner stores, onto South Tce and its local hotels, and finishes on South Beach.
The drive takes about 15 leisurely minutes and is undeniably one of the best drives in the West.
The cars in this book were photographed candidly as they were found on the street, all with old film cameras to help bring out the nostalgic beauty, colour and often quirky nature of them.
To the owners, these cars are way more than just a means of transportation, they an extension of the owner themselves, part of their own personality. The 'transportation function' is second only to self image and sense of belongingness in the community.
This project was shot entirely on medium format film using Portra 400.
In 2017 and 2019 with 'A Portrait of Cars', Ben was recognised by Capture Magazine in the Top 10 Australian Emerging Photographers in the area of documentary/photojournalism.
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