Vans And The Places They Were

Posted by Scott

At first glance you might expect Joe Stevens’ collection of van photos — Vans and the places they were — to be another nostalgic overdose of 70’s camp, but on closer inspection you’ll find some beautiful photos that transcend the limited scope of the series. I love the color composition and processing; I almost feel like I’m looking at some hyperrealist version of a Kevin Cyr painting. This is probably also the only other time you could get away with hanging a picture of a van conversion on your wall and convincing all your friends that it’s art. The best part of it all is that they don’t seem to be staged at all; they all seem to be random finds which makes the quality of the shots all the more incredible.

Via The Denver Egotist

Sidenote: Looks like Joe’s site was built on Arlo Sites, a portfolio platform that looks pretty interesting. Not sure how it stacks up to Cargo or Squarespace though, this is the first I’ve seen of it.

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Jesse says:

February 8, 2010 at 7:46 am

After looking at the website, it makes me wonder how i can break in to van graphics… doesnt seem like it would be that hard to compete with the four pattern variations of stripes, rounded corner rectangles, and back to back c shapes. Every time I see a cool van I catch myself comparing it to the A-team van.


Kieran says:

February 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Love the orange van with the rock beneith it! I’d also like to get this past the picture sensor that is my wife and hang a bunch in frames. Unlikely!


Brett says:

February 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Haha! @ Kieran, that’s not a Rock, it’s a Bag FULL of Rock’s. Or Kilo’s… Or $$$… That’s the drop spot for the local street deals! Notice the bars on the window?? Actually, upon further inspection, I notice that most of the windows have bars on them! They must go hand-in-hand, haha.


JohnSun says:

February 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

We had a van similar to these when I was little.

It’s too bad vans & cars today will never look this cool.