Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Driven to distraction...

Okay, so this has officially become a series. I keep stumbling upon all of these pristine vintage cars -- each parked in a setting that perfectly compliments the automobile color. Look at this one! Pearly white car with a silver grille across from a silvery gray house with a pearly white roof. It's perfect.

Hmmmm.

It's a little too perfect...

15 comments:

Tanya said...

It is kind of strange, like Stepford! I have enjoyed your "series" though!

Mister Earl said...

Laurie, the perfect Stepford wife. NOT!!!

Speaking of German cars and yesterday's talk of toys, another toy I loved from childhood was these little metal Schuco wind-up cars from Germany. I saved mine, which was actually a Mercedes racer, but for some reason I left it at my parents' house. One time I looked for it and my mom said that she thought a little playmate of my nephew may have taken it. I suspect she gave it to him, not knowing what it meant to me or what it was worth. So when I got on Ebay, I decided to replace it. I found the exact car. But then, I decided to collect all 4 models, and now I have a nice little collection of 10 of those little Schuco cars. To see a couple examples, go to my blog.

Sharon said...

That is a nice car and it makes a lovely picture. I love those big trees!

Yakpate said...

If it were anywhere else, maybe it would be "too perfect." But in the world you see though the amazing eye of your camera, it is simply... South Pasadena, where all things are possible!

Notice the beautiful, honey-colored street... has it been mixed with milk?

Petrea said...

Laurie, these are amazing. I just love them. I wonder if the homeowners buy cars to match their houses, or paint their houses to match their cars? I've never seen these matches consistently anywhere except in South Pasadena. Vintage house, matching vintage car. Couldn't be more charming.

babooshka said...

So many varied cars in one town. Reminds me we no longer has such a prestigiouss car industry this side of the pond, and that is so sad. Nice lurking again to create another other era shot.

Wayne said...

Mister Earl reminded me of a toy car I had as a kid. Or maybe it was one of my brother's and I just thought it was mine. I'm pretty sure it was made in Germany and there is nothing around to compare with it these days.

Laurie, you always manage to capture a sense of years gone by in these shots. So Pas feels locked in time in these shots.

Stéphane Kardos said...

Beautiful! Laurie, you and I should go around Pasadena together, you take gorgeous photos of the cars, I draw them, and we put a book together and voila! :)

Petrea said...

Stephane, that's a great idea! I always think of you when I see these shots of Laurie's.

Virginia said...

You have a car/house fetish. I apparently have an old men in Paris fetish. Oh dear, I think I know what that says about moi. YOu, I don't quite know. How do you find these ????
V

Jutilda said...

The composition of this photo is wonderful. I like the balance and the juxtaposition between the car and the house. Indeed, it is in great shape. Reminds me of the one Joan used to drive (Mom's neighbor). Who'd o' thunk you'd turn out to be such a car person? hee hee

Tash said...

Another good one - I tip my hat to you (figuratively speaking) - the scene just calls for a hat for some reason.

-K- said...

This looks like it could have been taken the day it rolled off the assembly line.

Cafe Observer said...

Perfect Juxtaposition!!

I think the American auto industry should've put you on their marketing team when they met those demagogue pols in DC.

Laurie said...

Hi folks,

Just watch -- now that I've gone ahead and said this is a series, I'll probably never see another vintage car in South Pas! (That would be trouble for us, Stephane!)

Thanks for the great comments everyone -- and cool memories Mister E and Wayne! It's late and my eyes are crossing so I'll just say... til tomorrow...