Air Drive - macchine che volano nel retrofuturo di Renaud Marion

Air Drive” di Renaud Marion lascia fluttuale i veicoli di ieri lungo le strade di oggi (forse anche quelle di domani), con un piccolo ritocco alla carrozzeria, alle leggi della fisica e al nostro approccio alla mobilità.

Air Drive - 200sl © Renaud Marion

Alla continua ricerca di un equilibrio ragionevole tra futuri dinamici e mezzi di trasporto sostenibili, obiettivi desiderabili e utopie auspicabili, capita di percorrere strade già battute con un approccio nuovo, perfetto per attraversare i tunnel del tempo.

Air Drive - porsche 356 © Renaud Marion

Con più concessioni alla creatività che alla forza di gravità, e al futuro invecchiato con la sua incapacità di realizzarsi, “Air Drive” di Renaud Marion, lascia fluttuare i veicoli privi di ruote in agglomerati urbani deserti, scovati in Svizzera e nei sobborghi di Parigi, trasformando le automobili in veicoli in grado di sfidare i limiti dello spazio, di sicuro quelli del nostro tempo.

Air Drive - jag type e bas © Renaud Marion

Prive di pneumatici e spigoli aguzzi, sportive di lusso come la XK120, prodotta dalla Jaguar in 12,055 esemplari dal 1948 al 1954, la Cadillac DeVille esordita all'Autorama del 1949, la Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Roadster, o la Chevrolet El Camino e la Camaro, tengono la strada seguendo flussi di spostamento a mezz'aria, e voli che al momento possiamo concedersi solo al cinema, in cult di fantascienza del calibro di Blade Runner.

Air Drive - m 190 © Renaud Marion

During my childhood, as many of my friends, I thought that in the year 2000 we were all going to drive flying cars. Maybe I watched too many science fiction movies such as Blade Runner, a Star wars, or Back to the Future, but I was also influenced by the French draftsman Jean Giraud alias Moebius.
Once I read this sentence «Our dreams of today are the reality of tomorrow ".
What if it were true that in their time period Jules Verne or Leonardo da Vinci had created unconsciously universes and basic essentials to accustom the human being into an unpredictable future, one he could never imagine, as to prepare him for an obvious fact.
It is maybe the same thing today, science fiction is everywhere, is it here to prepare us to fly in spaceships, to meet people with powers or simply to drive flying cars?

Air Drive - 300sl © Renaud Marion

Un piccolo intervento di ritocco e una dose massiccia di fantasia, hanno permesso al fotografo francese di trasformare l'antiquariato automobilistico da collezionisti in visioni futuribili che non hanno bisogno di tenere le ruote sull'asfalto, ma invitano a riflettere sul nostro approccio alla mobilità.


Manufacturing process:
Part one:
I have created my photos in two steps.

-First, I looked for cars parked on the street as I wanted to use real size cars instead of miniatures.
-For the background, I was looking for empty spaces, without people and the same the light as the car.
I did many tests with a lot of different cars, but finally it did worked better with old cars and that was closer to my childhood dreams.
I shot the cars and the background in Geneva / Switzerland. I found the most interesting cars on Geneva’s streets. I did not want a recognizable architecture.

Part two:
On a technical side, I had the support of Leica France with the system S.
Strong of the success of my first series, I kept my contacts with the magical world of collectors. That allowed me to bring the cars directly on the shooting spots which I had located beforehand. That gave more realism to the pictures.
Those images were taken in Paris and its suburb.

Foto | Air Drive © Renaud Marion

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