last smiles from car cemeteries

As a young boy I always dreamed once to drive a PORSCHE. We lived right next to a Porsche dealer. The car salesman always made me smell the leather seats in the screening room and gave me glossy brochures, even though I was only 8 years old. I am now 68 and have never had enough money for a Porsche. The Porsches of the time (and their companions) dawn now already in cemeteries with their peers around – and send us one last smile – like the photographer “Kiekmal” aptly subtitled. I thank him for allowing me to present some of his photos here:
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Last smile
title=”Last smile” photo by kiekmal, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT!, click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com
2
RR
title=”RR” by kiekmal
3
Last trip to nowhere
title=”Last trip to nowhere” by kiekmal
4
RALLYE
title=”RALLYE” by kiekmal
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also other photographers kindly sent some photos from car cemeteries to my group BLOG IT!, click on their pictures to enter their galleries on Flickr.com:
5
The sad car..
title=”The sad car…” – photo by saabrobz
6
Stacked Cars
title=”Stacked Cars” by Zen Roxy
7
End of Days...
title=”End of Days…” by mathteacher
8
Growth and Decay
title=”Growth and Decay” by im pastor rick
9
gangsta
title=”gangsta” by Rodney Harvey
10
1936
title=”1936″ by phillipmoffat
11
Abandoned Car Garage (C) (Explore'd)
title=”Abandoned Car Garage” (C) (Explore’d) by rustysphotography
12
EXPLORE | Hasselblad 503CX – C – KodakEktar100 – Bilkyrkogård IV
title=”EXPLORE | Hasselblad 503CX – C – KodakEktar100 – Bilkyrkogård IV” by Gustaf_E
13
Autofriedhof
title=”Autofriedhof” by bass_nroll
14
The haunted  ( explore )
title=”The haunted” ( explore ) by andre govia.
15
Greetings from Alturas, California
title=”Greetings from Alturas, California” by shadowplay
16
Plymouth
title=”Plymouth” by A guy with A camera
17
Untitled
photo by Sinister Blue Note
18
Going Nowhere
title=”Going Nowhere” by Brian Brown Photography/Vanishing Media
19
Wrong Place to Park
title=”Wrong Place to Park” by Luis Montemayor
20
Bilvrak -|- Spotted wreck, from pre Second World War [Explored]
title=”Bilvrak -|- Spotted wreck, from pre Second World War” by 彡erlingsi
21
Lake Mungo NP-9406
title=”Lake Mungo NP-9406″ by yukkycakes
22
Rust Car 2
title=”Rust Car 2″ by ShooterRob
23
Scrapyard
title=”Scrapyard” by chris.merwe

P.S.:
When my father was gone, I sat down by his grave and played on my guitar. Beg your pardon: I’ve put the same song as background music for the old cars now, because I feel like they would watch me like a gang of fathers giving a last advice …

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

26 responses to “last smiles from car cemeteries

  1. All the pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post 🙂

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  2. Wow, what fabulous photos!!

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  3. Laura Bloomsbury

    thanks for sharing kiekmal’s auto graveyards which are as beautiful as cemetries. Am intrigued by your way of relating to them. I’ve no auto memories but they are the evocative evidence that the past has truly gone and played on your guitar like the pulling of heart strings

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  4. It is sad to see such grand old cars in this state. The photos, however, do remind one of their former glory.

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  5. Wonderful photos. I don’t know why they pull me in and entrance me. I love looking at old cars like this.

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  6. Some of these shots are momentously eerie – as if the cars aren’t quite dead!

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  7. I, like Tish …seem to feel their sadness…their memories of better days…their loneliness…
    captured so beautifully …

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  8. Great series and beautiful soundtrack, thanks, Ron.

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  9. What cool photographs! I know nothing about cars, but I’ve always liked looking at old ones — running, not running, shiny and polished, rusty and worn — there is just something about them. Thanks for posting these great photos, and for the slide guitar number!

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  10. They make great photos but its a bit sad to see what was once someones pride and joy disintegrating!

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  11. Very Interesting photos. I’m curious, Frizz. What did the car salesman used to tell you while he was giving you the glossy brochures at your 8 years old?

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    • give it to your father, he is an engineer, for sure he has money enough, to buy this red Porsche (he did not know, that my father never would have a drivers license …)

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  12. This is just amazing. Fantastic collection of photos.Thank you for brightening my evening.

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  13. elisaruland

    Hard to pick a favorite since they all spoke to me in their way, but the “Last Trip to Nowhere” drove straight to my heartstrings….

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  14. Wer träumt nicht davon, einen alten Porsche oder 300 SL – fahrbereit! – in einer verschlafenen Scheune zu finden ? 😉
    Echt schöne Fotos!
    Und an den Ledergeruch kann ich mich auch noch erinnern 🙂

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  15. Some incredible photos FT, and love the music with it. Lovely post.

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  16. I often hear your guitar while browsing through my reader – although I admit I haven’t seen most of the posts themselves, I’ve heard them – and I really like the tunes! 🙂 I don’t know much guitar terminology, but you play well! And good photographs like this set here are an added bonus. With this post though, you’ve gone an extra step ahead with the little background story – so to cut a long comment short, this post is awesome three times over! 😀

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    • thank you, kasturika, for giving me courage, to add my guitar backgrounds – sometimes I’m not quite sure, if it is a good idea … – especially because the songs are mostly as old as the cars above – I like the blues roots records from 1910-1960…

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  17. Porsche, Rolls Royce, Buick roadmaster, …some dreams for a car lover. And in farms and barns, we can find pearls like that. That old 356 is so sad 😦 Not smiling anymore

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  18. Fantastic set of photos Frizz, I can feel the sadness of the cars in them.

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  19. Wonderful old bones and grizzled faces in these shots Frizz! I still dream about driving a Porsche!

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  20. Even in a graveyard the Porsche looks grand. Very nice group of photos depicting the passing of vehicles.
    The song is soulful. Very nice …..

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  21. Nice share! I have few good shots of at dead truck in the forest too. Something about them rotting into the soil is kinda nice. Weird.

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