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Drive: 12/26/13

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As a Californian, cars for good or bad, have been a big part of my life. When I was a child, my father used to spend his free time and money on restoring old cars — Studebakers, Buick touring cars, etc. We would go to classic car shows (the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club annual car show, for example), classic car drives, and sometimes even had our car in the Coronado 4th of July parade. I am not a classic car aficionado like my father but I do still have a soft spot for them.

From my grandmother, I got the photography bug. Whenever we go on car trips and I'm not driving, I'm in the passenger seat, snapping photographs of the scenery we're passing. Sometimes I snap a photograph of an interesting automobile.

So it was the combination of old cars and photography that drew me to Drive by Andrew Bush. If you don't want to track down a copy of the book (or purchase one), his photographs are online in a collection called 66 Drives.

In the 1990s Andrew Bush took photographs of people in their cars as he drove around different places: Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, for example. The photographs Bush selected have a reto feel to them — the cars are pre-1990s (many from the 1960s-1970s). The people driving also tend to be wearing retro clothing.

It's so easy to just stare at each photograph and make up a half dozen possible stories about the car, the people and that captured moment in their drive.

Five stars

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