These discarded automobiles are woven with memories a passerby could never fully obtain. Information is lost, missing, and all that remains is what once was. The inherent value lies in the curiosity of why and how. The setting of the car is nearly soundless. It’s quiet, but suggestive in sharing past experiences of human existence, like an ancient artifact.
The placement of these cars in nature unintentionally displays the connection between the living and the dead, where one is stopped and the other continues on. The purpose of the automobile was in its ability to move. Now it is stopped. Unmoving. Nature continues on, unconcerned. Vines grow through the car carelessly. Light hits the broken glass and illuminates its raw edges. Rust destroys the steel. Plants engulf the car fully, as if it were being swallowed whole. The death of this object and the liveliness of the plants emphasize the relationship between manmade objects and nature.
In a materialistic world run by consumerism, an object quickly depreciates in value and is replaced. The current state of our culture is often referred to as the throw away culture. There’s something about the American way that’s filled with ease and efficiency. Having been very desired and useful, these automobiles are abandoned and left for someone else to deal with. When the usefulness of an object has been depleted, it becomes insignificant.
Over the course of three years, Nick Green visited Hawaii taking photos of these broken down cars. The composition of his work highlights the beautifully untamed and organic. Green has always focused on capturing the unusual or the raw soul of a place, not some edited version of the truth. His work is unplanned, but he finds a constant variable. Abandoned cars litter the island, yet go unnoticed by many. Capturing images of cars on the side of the road was much more than just that alone. With an artistic approach, Green’s images share the duality between the natural and the unnatural and the relationship between manmade objects and nature in this throw away culture.