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Ryan Schude | Them and Theirs

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.

 

Emily Shur, Isac Walter, and the Baroness with their 1964 Volkswagen 1500s Notchback. Echo Park, Los Angeles

Emily Shur, Isac Walter, and the Baroness with their 1964 Volkswagen 1500s Notchback. Echo Park, Los Angeles

Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud of JUCO Photo with their 1985 Mercedes Benz 300D. West Hollywood, California

Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud of JUCO Photo with their 1985 Mercedes Benz 300D. West Hollywood, California

Dave Lefler and his 1969 Chevy Nova. St. George, Utah

Dave Lefler and his 1969 Chevy Nova. St. George, Utah

Ryan Schude | Mark Mothersbaugh and his 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. West Hollywood, California

Ryan Schude | Mark Mothersbaugh and his 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. West Hollywood, California

Matt Hummel with his 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe. Point Dume, Malibu, California

Matt Hummel with his 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe. Point Dume, Malibu, California

Nicole Dreyfuss and her 1971 Volkswagen 411 Type 4. Burbank, California

Nicole Dreyfuss and her 1971 Volkswagen 411 Type 4. Burbank, California

Katie Stratton and her 1961 Ford Falcon. Glendale, California

Katie Stratton and her 1961 Ford Falcon. Glendale, California

Unknown and his 196? Volkswagen Kharmann Ghia. Mill Valley, California

Unknown and his 196? Volkswagen Kharmann Ghia. Mill Valley, California

Amelia Parks and her 1963 Ford Falcon. Los Angeles, California

Amelia Parks and her 1963 Ford Falcon. Los Angeles, California

Tashina Hunter with her 2002 Jaguar XJ8. Pasadena, California

Tashina Hunter with her 2002 Jaguar XJ8. Pasadena, California

Sven Barth and his 1985 GMC Suburban. Elysian Valley, Los Angeles

Sven Barth and his 1985 GMC Suburban. Elysian Valley, Los Angeles

John Agnew and his 1966 Oldsmobile 98 and his 1964 Ford Condor at home in Altadena, California

John Agnew and his 1966 Oldsmobile 98 and his 1964 Ford Condor at home in Altadena, California

Shelby Duncan and her 1987 Chrysler, Lebaron. West Hollywood, California

Shelby Duncan and her 1987 Chrysler, Lebaron. West Hollywood, California

Zack Stratis and his 1976 Mercedes 300D. Glendale, California

Zack Stratis and his 1976 Mercedes 300D. Glendale, California

Emily Caldwell with her 1963 Chevy Corvair. Malibu, California

Emily Caldwell with her 1963 Chevy Corvair. Malibu, California

Kestrin Pantera and her 1976 Mercedes Benz 450SL. Burbank, California

Kestrin Pantera and her 1976 Mercedes Benz 450SL. Burbank, California

Forrest Kahlil Perrine and his 1983 Toyota Pickup. Downtown, Los Angeles

Forrest Kahlil Perrine and his 1983 Toyota Pickup. Downtown, Los Angeles

Jenny Messer and her 1980 Subaru Brat. Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Jenny Messer and her 1980 Subaru Brat. Silver Lake, Los Angeles

 

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