Vans and the Places They Were By Joe Stevens

Street Parked Classic Gypsy Van
Image Credit: Joe Stevens
Apparently we’re on a bit of a van kick. Let’s keep it a-rockin’. Having spent a decent portion of the 90s in a gray-on-gray (-on-gray) Ford Club Wagon, this particular Hoon laments the near extinction of the full-size van as a common family hauler. It’s like one day we woke up and wondered…where’d all the vans go? Paralleling the van’s path from norm to outsider status, film photography is almost gone. Stevens has picked up on this with his film project:

Over the course of the project the vans themselves have become more and more of a rarity. The reasons are as simple as rust and changing tastes; and as complex as government “cash for clunkers” initiatives encouraging more fuel-efficient transportation. Notably, at the same time these vans have been disappearing from our roads – film photography as a visual medium has also begun it’s slow death. Consequently the goal of the project is to one day shoot the last remaining van on the final frame of photographic film in existence. Then the project will be finished.

We believe the appropriate response is to set up a mobile film developing lab in a van. Head on over and check out the side-scrolling beauty: Vans and the Places They Were.

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