Photographs by Merja Salo.
Patrick Frey, 2013. 176 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 10¼x7½".
Cars have been taking over our surroundings and landscapes fora bout a hundred years. ‘Carscapes’, Merja Salo’s book of photos, provides an open and at times skewed view of our motorized environment. What do cities, rural areas and familiar places look like when photography does not remove automobiles from view or merely tolerates them as a blind spot? What happens when the automobiles are consciously incorporated into the picture? When cars become a constitutive part of a new landscape? An automobile landscape? Merja Salo, a well-known Finnish columnist, writes with gentle irony from the perspective of a person without a car, and tells her experiences in California. The photographs come from all over the world.