California gas stations have an iconic history in art. See Ed Ruscha
and Stephen Shore
, among others.
In our unusually wet winter of early 2011, I became obsessed with photographing Los Angeles gas stations in the rain. I love how rain warps and splatters the light, transforming the streetscape; how the windshield wiper becomes a paintbrush spreading viscous pigment; and how the images hover between realism and abstraction, raindrops forming a veil between the two.
The series was photographed entirely on my cell phone, with finished prints enlarged to 34 x 44. None of the images has been Photoshopped or otherwise manipulated after the picture was taken; solarization effects were done in-camera, on location, at the moment of shooting, maintaining the immediacy of documentary photography.
Brightly illuminated fossil fuel stations, photographed through a car window in record precipitationglobal warming come full circle?