February 25, 2013
Lumens Borealis


That Surfer Van

Chevrolet Corvair 1 - Courtney, BC

Chevrolet Corvair 1 – Courtney, BC

Chevrolet Corvair 2 - Courtney, BC

Chevrolet Corvair 2 – Courtney, BC

A few years back a film featured Joe Pesci as homeless vagrant haunting the boiler room of a Harvard University library – seen by students a few times, more apparition than real … thought to be the ghost of Walt Whitman. A student, an honours student, loses his prize possession, what he thinks to be a flawless regurgitation of his economics professor’s thinking on the state of the world, to the homeless vagrant. Within the story an economy is established. The vagrant trades portions of the student’s thesis for meals and a place to sleep … and it’s winter. The place to sleep is within a Chevrolet Corvair, what commonly was thought of as the surfer van of the sixties. The first version of the Chevrolet Corvair presented here is a duplicate of the surfer van in which Joe Pesci lays his head down in that Harvard winter in the film ‘With Honours.’

Listening to – The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary,’ Duran Duran’s ‘Thank You,’ Babble’s ‘Tribe,’ Lyle Lovett performing Irving Berlin’s ‘Blue Skies,’ The Pretenders rendering of ‘Forever Young,’ Lindsey Buckingham’s ‘On the Wrong Side’ and Harry Warren with ‘Muchacha.’

Quote to Inspire – “Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.” – Alex Tehrani

5 thoughts on “That Surfer Van

  1. love the images/colors/subject and the quote to inspire ~ and the film sounds like fun

    • Hey there …

      Definitely check out ‘With Honours,’ with Joe Pesci and Brenda Fraser … the narrative deals with healthy disillusionment, love and all those good earthy things that ground us in reality.

      Thanks for stopping by … I’m enjoying your images on ‘eclectic faerie.’

      Take care. 🙂

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