Under a Steel Sky

Under a Steel Sky
2008


All the snapshots in the series Under a Steel Sky were made inside cars. Most are American, dating 1950-60s. While the photographs are from entirely separate sources, they appear surprisingly consistent in mood, subject, narrative, and author. Recurrent subjects include: stressed, anxious or zoned-out drivers; sleeping passengers; abstracted dashboards; horizonless views through windscreens; and landscapes taken with the car windows rolled-up.

The photographs recall Robert Frank’s radical photo-essay, “The Americans”, and the beat writing of Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl" and Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road". A kind of luke-warm cold-war terror appears to ride inside the American Dream.