UK-based photographer Jody Daunton is responsible for this photo series of cars getting smashed up. We love when artists are able to capture the ephemeral, and the fleeting moment that was captured in this images made us smile. We can almost hear the metal and glass smashing, crunching and squealing under the pressure of other cars, bricks or concrete barrels that were dropped on the vehicles. Daunton uses his backyard as an outdoor studio to construct conceptual narratives through the collision of performative and staged imagery. Dauton shares this quote by J.D. Salinger, author of “Cather in the Rye” on his professional website in an attempt to describe the motivation behind this photographic series entitled “The Destruction of Cars”:
“Take most people, they’re crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they’re always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that’s even newer. I don’t even like old cars. I mean they don’t even interest me. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human for God’s sake.”
Well put, Mr. Salinger, and an interesting point of departure for Daunton and his photos of cars getting smashed up.