A N D R E W B U S H
Andrew Bush’s Vector Portraits capture individuals, groups and families as they travel in their cars, the majority taken in and around the greater Los Angeles area. Captured between the years of 1988 and 1997 the portraits of this series were achieved by mounting a camera to the passenger’s side window of his automobile. While driving he would snap the photos and then notate details about the time, date and speed at which he was traveling. These images are a testament to American car culture, one especially present in the sprawling streets and highways of Los Angeles. The viewer at once not only feels a sense of the vehicle’s physical motion, but also that of the symbolic representation of the ideals of independence, freedom and mobility. Meanwhile, the car as a traveling cocoon is evident as the viewer catches glimpses into each traveler’s private space and becomes witness to such scenes as couples kissing, individuals lost in thought or singing along to music.
Andrew Bush received his MFA from Yale University in 1982. He is a Los Angeles based photographer who has exhibited his work across the United States as well as abroad. His work is included in major collections worldwide such as The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His Vector Portraits can be seen in Drive, published by Yale University Press, 2008.
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