When it comes to cars and machinery, there’s nothing quite as deeply satisfying and pandering to the big kid in all of as as a large red truck. You see a pudgy looking red toy truck as a kid and somehow your little-kid mind can’t imagine that such a thing can actually exist in the real world at a real size. And then you see one and it’s so much bigger than anything you imagined. I remember how excited I was a as kid every time a fire-engine passed by. I’d have been completely in love with this sort of large red dumper truck, alas we only had yellow one where I lived. If we had red trucks like this, I’d have probably hung around road-works and building sites and stared at it all day and imagined borrowing it and going on magic adventures.
There’s that classic flat-coloured, enamel painted home appliance look favoured by artists of the heady 50s and my high-end brands of today in small numbers, and then there is the sort of electric shiny version of the coloured home appliance which we ended up with in the last three decades. This shiny metallic red microwave oven is a fine example of the latter. I guess it was an inevitable shift. Cars too had flat enamel style paint in past decades and these days we seem to favour the metallic shades, we’ve grown to see them as more modern and futuristic with flat colours being a sign of bygone times. Using the reverse logic, since customised sports cars are now getting vinyl matt color surfaces as the new hot thing, perhaps a matt red microwave will be finding its way soon to a kitchen near you.
Images of cars speeding by as mere streaks of light during long night-time exposures never seem to get old. They add a sense of speed and activity to boring city shots, and the streaks of the red brake lights add a rich colour that brightens them. Here the effect is higtened because all we see is the lights and the road and what surrounds it is only implied by this almost abstract pattern.