ARTS & CULTURE

Peter Lippmann's 'Paradise Parking' Gets Caught In The Woods

03/05/2012 08:50 am 08:50:50

At times, there is a charm about things that have fallen into disrepair -- the way that metal rusts has a sense of character about it that seldom appears when the object has seen better days. But sometimes it goes a step too far, and the battle of Man vs. Nature reveals that Nature always wins. For his series, "Paradise Parking," photographer Peter Lippmann traveled to the estate of a reclusive family who have been passing down classic cars, father to son, since 1900. Upon viewing the grounds for the first time, Lippmann turned and remarked to his friend, "I will spend the next few years here."

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The project wasn't without it's hang ups, however. Lippman had to coax the family for two months to let him on the property to begin his work. The trials and tribulations continued as Lippmann discovered that the property was overrun with snakes and his faithful assistant contracted lyme disease.

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Even though the images speak volumes, Lippmann himself remains mum on how to interpret his work, choosing to let the viewer decide. The photographer says, "The pictures provoke thought about aesthetic perception; man's accomplishments and his interaction with nature; time, infinity, and 13 billion years of existence." He continues, "To talk about optimism or pessimism, who is winning, what stance I am taking, would diminish their magic. I really like that a wide spectrum of people find different meaning."

View a slideshow of "Paradise Parking" below and let us know your interpretation of what's happening in the comments section.

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