These fantastic photographs are the work of AndreasS, a 31 years old photographer who lives just outside Oslo, Norway, with his wife and two children. He’s worked with 3d computer graphics illustration, visualization and animation for the last 10 years in the oil and gas industry. “I have photographed since as far as I can remember, but it’s just in the last couple of years I have really started to skip the Auto program and to try to learn all the camera settings. I’ve learned a lot these last years from other photographers and other explorers I meet.”
Andreas writes “Deep in the forest of Sweden, close to the Norwegian border, is a place with hundreds of old, derelict, abandoned cars. It is quite an amazing place, frequently visited by photographers and car enthusiasts.
The place is called Båstnäs and/or Vestre Fågelvik Car Cemetery. In the 50s this place was run by two brothers from Töcksfors.
It’s interesting to see trees grow inside, over, under and through cars and tires. And it is interesting to come over a large green rock-like object with moss, leaves, plants and other growing things that really is the body of a VW Beetle for instance. With imagination many of the cars have faces. The contrast between nature and decayed rusty cars are extraordinary here.
It was a little bit to much sun an good weather on my trip to the car cemetery. I would rather prefer clouds and overcast weather – natures own soft box. Hope you like the shots.”
Peter Gibney is a photographer based in New South Wales, Australia. His website surfingart.com.au features a large collection of surf-lifestyle, coastal & VW images which are available as prints and digital stock images for commercial, advertising, editorial, corporate and design professionals. Peter has been lucky enough to visit a Volkswagen graveyard that very few people have explored. Hidden way off the beaten track, the location of this wonderful place will remain a mystery!
Peter writes “I located this lost VW grave after a conversation with an Irish backpacker at the Byron Bay markets. It took months to locate and many phone calls to get permission to visit and photograph the site.
When I finally arrived , I was miles from the nearest town and there was absolutely no sign of human habitation except for the sheds and the VW’s The only sound was the wind roaring across the tree tops and the wild life. It felt as though I was in a scene from Mad Max.
I spent 3 hours exploring and took 100′s of photos. The photos below are only a sample of what was on offer. What an adventure, I hope the images give a sense of the VW’s final resting place.
I’ll be respecting the owners request for privacy and will not give out the location.”
One of the most interesting photo opportunities for me would have to be a visit to a vintage auto graveyard, full of rusting classics waiting peacefully to be discovered and captured on camera. Rust and decay seems to lend itself as the perfect subject for HDR photography and there are many excellent examples on the internet. Perhaps one day I’ll make a trip to one of the few places that still exist like this and come away some pictures of my own. In the mean time I’ll feature some graveyards around the world and some of my favourite VW photos.
Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf – Switzerland
Autofriedhof, on the edge of Kaufdorf near Switzerland’s capital Bern was, until recently, one of Europe’s biggest vintage-auto graveyards. It contained more than 1,000 vintage vehicles including rusting Wolseleys, Ford Prefects, Porsches and several vintage volkswagens. Vehicles with ages ranging from the late 1920’s right up to the 70s.
Walter Messerli opened the brakers yard in 1933. A part time racing driver, Meserli’s collection numbered 2,000 vehicles at it’s peak and it was his intension to open a museum which would cover the history of modern motoring. His son Franz took over the graveyard in 1975 and planted trees due to complaints that the site was an eyesore.
In 2009 the authorities declared that the collection was an environmental hazard and ordered the site to to be cleared. A campaign was stared to preserve the site with over 10,000 people attending an open day. The aim was to preserve it as a ‘national work of art.’
An auction of the vehicles was held in September 2009 and as far as I can establish, the site has now been cleared.
Photos by www.mth-fotografie.ch