Ryan Schude | Them and Theirs
In his series “Them and Theirs”, photographer Ryan Schude examines the the close relationship drivers entertain with their cars.
As a Los Angeles-based photographer Ryan Schude is immersed in the culture of californian car lovers he’s documenting. The project began in San Francisco in 2001 while Schude was studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was mostly focused on people with vanity license plates. Schude rebooted the project nearly a decade after.
The photographs picture people alongside their vehicles in way that creates a parallel between them and the scene that surrounds them: patterns on the drivers’ outfits match seat covers, tones from the surrounding urban context or geometries from the nearby architecture.
Schude uses his cinematic-style of portraiture with high contrast between light and dark, vibrant color palette and bold compositions.
Many of the subjects are friends or friends of friends, but also people Schude found people by “placing a postcard with an example of someone else’s car portrait under a stranger’s windshield wiper with a note explaining that I’d like for them to participate.”
The project is still ongoing. “I could do this for another 20 years and not be done. There will always be new people to meet and photograph. Maybe I will slow down at points to focus on other projects, but for now I am really excited about shooting as many of these as I can,” Ryan Schude said.
All photos courtesy of ©Ryan Schude