Floating Classic Cars
If you ever dreamed of flying cars or watched “The Jetsons” as a kid and wondered when someone would finally invent those airborne vehicles, you need to check out the photographs of artist Renaud Marion. Not only has the French photographer created beautiful images of real cars that appear to be hovering just above the ground, he has done it with classic cars.
The artist told journalists that his series of photographs, called “Air Drive,” were directly inspired by his childhood dreams of flying cars. He admitted to believing that they would one day be a possibility. While we are all still waiting on those hover cars, we can enjoy the almost surreal images the artist has created using photography and digital manipulation techniques.
By using classic cars, and photographing them next to buildings and other structures with a retro feel, Marion has created images that evoke a futuristic vision circa the 1960s. There is a Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing floating next to the entrance to a glass-fronted building, a turquoise classic Mustang hovering near the steps of a grand building with limestone columns, and a 1960 El Camino “parked” outside of a construction site.
Shot in Geneva, and altered digitally, these photographs are all set in such a way that they appear to be real flying cars, simply parked on the streets. The combination of car and architecture sets a scene that is evocative of the past and represents what many of us hoped for the future of cars. The images are so realistic that you could imagine getting into one of these hover cars and speeding off, Jetsons-style, to your elevated home in the sky. Take a few minutes to flip through the whole series and be prepared to be transported to a different world.