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Voyeuristic Portraits Taken of People Driving Their Cars

reid elem photography

Reid Elem is a Savannah, Georgia based fine art photographer. His series, In Direction, is an investigation into social introversion. A case of voyeur looking at voyeur; A visual documentation of being caught looking and confirmation of our general tendency to look and to be looked at. Elem writes:

‘In Direction’ was inspired by the human condition and the idiosyncrasies of our behavior during the daily commute. As years pass, social introversion casts a shadow over society and culture thus reducing our interaction with one another. This is beautifully displayed within the moving glass house we call the automobile. Once dubbed the “American Freedom Machine,” our cars were an open door to a new and exciting world of travel and adventure. Unfortunately as the modern world progresses and technology further encourages us to keep to ourselves, being out on the road has become an extension of our private space even though we are still within the public domain. People become caught up in the ride and forget the hundreds of people who pass only a few feet away.

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography

reid elem photography


  • Karen Elem

    As his parent, I am an obvious big fan, as a professional artist, I have deep respect for the artistry of Reid Elem’s “In Direction” series. He captures the drama of our daily commute and his framing isolates the car occupants and adds tension to their situation.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/superernie/ Ernest

    Great images. Recently I saw the pictures of Andrew Bush, he uses color and shows more of the car. Two interesting elaborations of an everyday phenomenon. http://www.google.nl/search?q=%22andrew+bush%22&hl=nl&lr=&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=27wET-n0Loeg-waa_MHVAQ&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=605

  • Brooke

    These are so fabulous. They remind me of Sherry Turkle’s argument in her new book _Alone Together_: that modern technology brings us closer physically but distances us psychologically.

  • http://reidelem.com Reid

    Great references Brooke and Ernest, thanks! Andrew Bush is often referenced, his work is great. Coincidentally, I am reading Sherry Turkle’s book right now! Thanks for the kind comments and tweets, ya’ll!