Old Car City USA - White, GA

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I’ve been aware of Old Car City for a couple of years,first driving by it by happenstance and not knowing what it was, and later viewing photos posted by a photography group which I joined.  They revisited this past Spring (reportedly on a hot day with plentiful mosquitos), but the timing didn’t work out, so my wife and I returned on a beautiful Fall Saturday morning.

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The property, located northwest of Atlanta, consists of 34 acres of over 4,000 old cars essentially left to the forces of nature.  The oldest vehicles are located nearest the entrance, arranged in a relative spacious fashion as they tend to draw the most interest.  As the trails progress, the vehicles work up to the 1970’s, with less care and, in the farthest reaches, with significant overgrowth.

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And, it’s a “destination” for both amateur, professional, and teaching photographers.  Yes, it’s a junkyard, but people visit from all over the world, some spending several days. 

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If every aisle is travelled, it’s said to include 6.5 miles of cars.  To the naked eye, it’s an old junkyard with a generous path, but the vehicles are relatively plain, with faded color and lots of rust.

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But, for photographers, many vehicles have iconic value, from vehicle make and model logos to the coveted hood ornaments.  They’re also a study in texture, from rust, chipped paint, natural debris and icky green algae. 

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It’s easy to take hundreds of photographs – odd angles, macro shots, etc.  What takes longer is the post-processing, such as Photoshop or Lightroom, to bring out the existing colors or apply tones that aren’t there at all.  The above shot has some applied color, but the eyes are as shot.  Pretty creepy.

On the other hand, the light here was natural, with the sun illuminating the headlight (but with further processing applied).

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There’s a lot of fun and games to be had, in other words.

All vehicles are (disappointingly) domestic, and the owner has recently increased the price from $15 to $25.  It’s a little goldmine in the woods, I suppose, but it’s also interesting as well, to observe the effects of nature (rusted out roof, a grown tree that has grown through the hood, etc.) as well as the folk-art approach of signs through the property as well as paintings and inked Styrofoam cups created by the owner.  You’ve got to do something while people are on the property...

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My collection of photos can be viewed by clicking HERE.  My time here further verified my general inclination that every vehicle deserves a hood ornament

Even a Pacer.

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  1. Pretty cool, but I thought there would be more color. I am not sure I could quantify it, but 56-22, 25, and 26 are little more of what my mind envisioned before looking at the album.

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