I was thinking about Ed Rusha’s Thirty-Four Parking Lots series that he completed in 1967. What I like about them is their complete banality of subject matter, an urban landscape constructed solely for the purpose of housing cars during the day. But I was also extremely interested in the patterning that was captured in the arieal views. The parking lots were all photographed in the morning before the cars had arrived. The spots appear to be part of a pattern which fades across the lot but what we see inbetween the parking grid is the accumulation of oil spots. This intensity of the pattern is dictated by the location of the front entrance of the building and the location of the parking spot. Ed Rusha, Thirty-Four Parking Lots
When I went to Cincinnati last year and was wandering the downtown I came across this parking lot and it delighted me. I was confronted with this linear pattern that obscured the cars parked behind it and offers a wonderful alternative to the ‘parked car’. Unlike Rusha’s photograph where the spots diminish over the surface of the asphalt, the picture plane of the facade shifts as you walk from one side to another. While the pattern is intentional in the garage what I enjoy in both is how distance shifts and changes the patterns. I also really enjoy how the bright colour is interjected into the cityscape which usually is devoid of colour.