These abstract photographs that I took last year are close up images of 'the Astoria Clown Car' in Astoria, Oregon. You can read about its storied history here: https://www.oldastoria.com/buncha-clowns.php In 1955, a group of men from the Astoria Chamber of Commerce became trained clowns, purchased a '48 Chrysler and painted it with bright colors. This became the 'Clown Car', which was driven in parades and used to help raise funds to build a bridge over the Columbia River, from Astoria, Oregon, to Washington.
The first time I came across this community wall in a rough neighborhood in Oakland, California, I was struck by the extraordinary designs and composition, the patterns and layers of color and texture covering what began as a chain link fence. The images on the wall seemed to suggest layers of time: ancient maps of Europe, regions of the USA, even imaginary trade routes. When I returned a year later I saw that people had continued to add swaths of color and texture. The wall was a living thing, with its own evolving beauty.
Portfolio: scroll to pages 66-67
Gallery images, the 3 images in 4th row down: