Since 2007 Douglas Ljungkvist has been searching for, chased, and stalked vintage cars in Brooklyn’s urban and industrial landscapes. The work has matured into a cohesive typology titled Urban Cars.
The project is a study of form and design documenting cars mostly from the 1970's. The cars are photographed similar to formal portraits, photographed in profile and isolated from people and other cars. The visual relationship between the cars and their environment is more important to Ljungkvist as a photographer than the brand, model, production year, or engine size.
American cars of this era are still popular for their (masculine) aesthetics and raw power. They were built with individual expression in mind at a time when everything was big. As mechanical cars they are fairly easy to maintain and tinker with for hobbyists. The European cars reflect longevity and craftsmanship, attributes that are rare in today’s modern and generically designed cars.
The work is also a celebration of 1970’s vernacular color photography and the freedom, expression, and adventure that the automobile represents in American popular culture.
This publication is only a mock-up and partial inventory check of what will most likely be a photobook published (by a well known publisher) in the fall of 2015.
I’m a Brooklyn based photographer originally from Sweden. Most of my personal projects explore vernacular beauty with subtexts of time, identity, and memory. My work process is intuitive and my photographic voice could be described as urban, colorful, graphic, and quiet. Formally, I am interested in the study of color, form, and space. In addition to Fine Art photography my focus is on Travel and Architectural photography.