a recognizable sight for any west-coaster, vans epitomize the vast landscape and car-dependent culture of the west. joe stevens’ film photographs of converted vans across the west simultaneously provide a slice of west coast life and comment on the somewhat unchanging makeup of our relationship to one another. how much has our culture really changed or progressed if 14 years after this project began an old van is still a completely viable method of transportation?
interestingly enough, since the project began in 1996, the biggest change has not actually been the decline of cars themselves but in the methodology of documenting society. film photography seems somewhat cumbersome in the age of digital photography, especially when the medium for viewing the images is a blog in cyberspace.