112 Responses to Your Weekend Photo Assignment: Make a Drive Portrait

  1. Bluestill August 12, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    This could be fun. Too much fun. LOL

    • Christina August 12, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      Ya I agree can’t wait to get started!

  2. Scott in AZ August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Haha! This sounds great! :)

  3. Gary Meyer August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Dang. Had this been posted yesterday morning I could have done six hours of shooting on my way back from family vacation…. I’ll see what I can do at home though… :D

  4. Christina August 12, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Well, I’m in : )
    Loveyaalot’s Christina

  5. Henry Lingat August 12, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Cool Idea I’m in! BTW – the pink corvette pic is of a LA icon – the famous Angelyne…she drove around town in her pink car and had billboards of herself all around town

  6. Hugo August 12, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    No releases necessary??

    • Julio August 12, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      I’m wondering about this, too.

      It also doesn’t help that I’m a bit shy approaching people to take their picture.

      But overall, sounds like great fun!

  7. Gettle August 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    driving kids to college next week through middle america with camera in hand. i’ll take pics while the wife drives.

  8. Amy August 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Challenge accepted! If only I’d had a camera/not been driving this morning when i saw s woman devouring a sandwich mid lefthand turn. Hopefully some better representations of Minneapolis are driving this weekend.

  9. Dan August 12, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    This sounds like fun! I’ll try and send a mexican version as I am currently based in Mexico City…Cheers!

  10. Will August 12, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Great idea! I’ll be on the lookout and report back

  11. Jeff August 12, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Working the weekend, so here you go.

  12. Howard August 12, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    In publishing his book, did Andrew have any concerns with copyright or model release issues?

    • Jeff August 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Good question Howard!

  13. john hildebrand August 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    super classic you i am down for this for sure.

    the woman in the pink car is from my town of malibu she is so great. pretty much famous, everyone calls her barbie
    thats going to be a hard one to beat for sure

  14. Phillipe August 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Do they have to be photos taken just for this or can they be older shots? This is from last year in Savannah Ga.

    • Chase Jarvis August 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      @Phillipe: take whatever photos you want for sure (and good on ya for shooting lots), but the ones i’m looking to receive for this challenge are portraits of the PEOPLE, not the cars.

  15. Pete Springer August 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Oregon passed a law banning hand-held use of cell phones while driving. Here’s my solution:


    • Chase Jarvis August 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      @petespringer – couldn’t resist – just tweeted your shot ;)

    • inga August 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      i love it!! original!!!

    • Christina August 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

      This is awesome!
      Always be true to who you are.
      Loveyaalot’s Christina

  16. inga August 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=144732778921565&set=a.144732592254917.27639.144717132256463&type=1&theater i did that pic while i was in my car.. a year ago in germany.

  17. Tyson August 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    this has actually become a bit of a habit for me in the last few years…



    I’ll likely fire some off while I’m out and about later tonight.

  18. Obadiah Lee August 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    awesome, this sounds fun… i love driving AND shooting…

  19. Norm August 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    This would definitely be fun

  20. A Photo Teacher August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    http://wp.me/p61yu-Q1. Click on image to enlarge

  21. Stephan Bollinger August 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    great idea, here are a few…


  22. Tyson August 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    A Photo Teacher: my favorite thus far… such a great shot.

    • A Photo Teacher August 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks. Made it going 65 – 70 mph and steering with my legs to keep the car straight. Wish I had the picture the passenger made with her little point & shoot and the flash being tripped simultaneously.

  23. Jayme August 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Here are a couple of mine!

    http://gallery.photographybyjms.com/p842157980/ee46e436 The look of the lady in the passenger seat cracks me up. They saw me, and tried to showboat around a turn. Ended up with the back end cutting loose and the driver was so serious as he regained control. Right after this, all I heard was wild laughter.

    http://gallery.photographybyjms.com/p842157980/ed7fb274 My desk for the day.

    • Deathtowatermarks August 14, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m thinking it be nicer to see your images without 30% of their surface area being covered in watermarks….

      • Travis August 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

        But what if someone wants to steal one of the three (THREE!!!) generously unmarked corners?

        • Ziv August 15, 2011 at 7:32 am #


    • Jayme August 15, 2011 at 9:15 am #

      It’s set up to automatically apply the watermark and sometimes I forget about it. I have had people go so far as to clone out the logo in photoshop and post my photos to their own site. I guess I just got burned too many times. Sorry about the watermark.

  24. Todd August 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Yeah, just don’t get shot. Sometimes there’s stranger danger. Random people be packin’ heat, son!!!! PEW PEW!

  25. Leith August 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Here’s 20000 laced together as a time-lapse.
    Please check out this video on vimeo http://vimeo.com/22190845

  26. Andy Beck August 13, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    What a great idea for a project. I guess one has to be careful where he/she takes pictures like this. There may be a possibility that some might object to random shots being taken of them, especially when they are tense from road rage.

  27. Joel Kernasenko August 13, 2011 at 3:40 am #


    OK, I kinda cheated here, the photo is 2 years old! Forgotten on a hard-drive until this post.


  28. Paul Villaflor August 13, 2011 at 5:27 am #


  29. Louis Dallara August 13, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I’ll give it a shot

  30. Christian Held August 13, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Lovely. I’ll be shooting some driveby’s tomorrow of people wearing helmets and going round in circles. Mr Jarvis, does that count!?

  31. Charlie Chipman August 13, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Same thing only different?

    A project I’ve been working on for some time.
    Instead of people in their cars it is people on the sidewalks of Los Angeles as seen from my car driving by.
    Towards the end I have thrown in people in various states of transport for you.


    some at night


  32. fas August 13, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    That is a very nice idea of a photo. I would love to get clicked too.

  33. Jan-Hendrik Hanschke August 13, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Hey Chase,

    great assignment! Two old pictures that might match: http://flic.kr/p/acvsoK and http://flic.kr/p/acyh6Y


    • Christina August 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

      I love your pictures!…the second one is my favorite : )
      Always be true to who you are.
      Loveyaalot’s Christina

  34. Belinda McCarthy August 13, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Great idea – I might have to drive somewhere where the passing traffic isn’t just tractors and sheep though! (although that would make for a very different project…)

  35. Ramblin Lamb August 13, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    We took the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island Friday morning. We were on the front row of the ferry with a grand view of this:


    • Christina August 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      That’s cool!!!
      Always be true to who you are.

  36. Matnic August 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Here is what I have to offer.

  37. Tom August 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestion! New to photography, so can always use a project to get me out shooting.

    I chose to shoot from the side of the road and in locations where the drivers might be dealing with a “situation”: (1) the steepness of Queen Anne Ave,, (2) the pedestrian congestion of Pike Place Market, and (3) the distractions of Greenlake. I was surprised how hard this was. Not so surprised by how many shots got away!

    My two favorites:

    Brick Road:


    The rest of the handful that were interesting enough to keep:

    • Matnic August 14, 2011 at 6:33 am #

      I love your “brick road”. It’s a clear shot of two faces and the bricks bring interest to what would otherwise be a large mass of over-exposed car body. I think that’s why Andrew Bush used flash, so he could expose for the outside of the car and the flash would fill in the darker interior. You found an interesting way to overcome the exposure problem without the flash.

    • Christina August 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

      Ya I agree that is brilliant : )
      Always be true to who you are.

  38. Eric August 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Harder than it looks but here are my favorites from the few I got.



  39. Matt Timmons August 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Your postings help carry me on, Chase. Thanks.


  40. Gordon Fraser August 14, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    I’m not able to get out this weekend but here is one from a week or two ago when I was driving around south east of england working….It’s not of a person driving a car..it’s a poodle…or is it?


  41. John Paul Parras August 14, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Took this on the way to a fair

  42. Laurie August 14, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Just gotta love a fireman driving his fire truck.


  43. CraigD August 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I went for a shot while shooting from the front seat, back into the back seat.


    • Christina August 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      LOL… great idea!
      Always be true to who you are.

  44. Ralph T August 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    In Finland, a couple of years ago. A Messerschmidt car.

  45. Papek August 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Great idea!


  46. Glenn August 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    This may not technically meet the assignment, but my friend and photographer John Langford chucked everything 1 year ago and began traveling the world. He has written some amazing stories in his blog. The link is to blog entry to his picture of Cambodians on their main form of transportation, the bicycle.


  47. Reid E August 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I put together a similar project 2 years ago called “In Direction” Check it out!!


  48. Ziv August 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for the weekend shove out the door. I’ve needed a good excuse to get my ass out of the house. A project like this really needs to be long term so you have the opportunity to capture the stop-light booger pickers and road tripping fellatists. None on my watch…
    Here’s a small gallery of my “drive-by” images. See the last image for my back seat drive-by rig.


  49. William Mazdra August 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    A bit of different take.. standing off and doling a selfie.. “shift and tilt”

  50. William Mazdra August 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    A bit of different take.. standing off and doling a selfie.. “shift and tilt”


  51. Christina August 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks Chase for the homework I enjoyed it : )
    Always be true to who you are.
    Loveyaalot’s Christina



  52. Angela August 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are traveling cross country and I have also been worried about releases. When I use a lensbaby it creates anonymity so I don’t have to worry about that. Also, people in parade’s can’t care right?


    And this one is of my dog the passenger while my bf maneuvers the rv around a parking lot.


    Love your blog!

  53. Vinnie Macaroni August 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    A lot of interesting photos here! I’ll give it a shot (nothing to lose right?) *crossing fingers*



  54. Sean D. August 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks for the challenge! I like that this guy spotted my camera rig (tripod on the passenger seat with a remote trigger) and then proceeded to pose a bit.


    great work everyone! Fun to see what people created.

  55. Nate August 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    In my neighborhood, we drive boats :)


  56. Pete August 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    This was fun!

    • Christina August 15, 2011 at 6:16 am #

      This is AWESOME!!!! Great job : )
      Always be true to who you are.

  57. Derek August 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Great post! Gets me off my ass!


  58. Aleksi August 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Weekend Driving: http://www.mortey.com/2011/08/driving/

  59. Cameron Empey August 15, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    This is too funny I look at your blog all the time but Ive been doing some traveling at the moment. When i saw this post it reminded me of a photo that i just took about a week ago. I really hope that everyone likes this photo :).


    • Christina August 15, 2011 at 6:12 am #

      I love it!!!! the sign, the car, & the lady… what more could you ask for : )
      Always be true to who you are.

  60. Frazer Spowart August 15, 2011 at 6:36 am #


    Late to the party, but check out image 9!

  61. salomon urraca August 15, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    i’ll be doing mine today, i was away for the weekend on a photoshoot. But im down to do it.

  62. Sam Willard August 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I took a few photos yesterday evening while driving home across the San Francisco Bay Bridge:

    Cute–Van load of kids watching the view from bridge:

    Not Cute–Driver with both hands off the wheel talking on cell phone (and apparently not watching the road). Boyfriend focused on the dude on the other car taking a photo:

  63. Greg Mionske August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Stuck in miserably slow traffic outside of Chicago, IL : http://flic.kr/p/admSjX

  64. Philip Rawson August 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    I didn’t have any time to go out this weekend to shoot on the streets, but as I was sifting through the archives I came upon this shot from last year.


  65. Philip Rawson August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Ghost bus

  66. Michael Kunde August 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Took this image Yesterday at the Boneville Salt Flats for Speed Week.

  67. Chase August 18, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    thanks for all the amazing submissions – we’re going thru them and will highlight a couple in the next few days!


    • Trevor Dean August 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Hey Chase,

      sorry bout not getting to this until now! Been crazy busy around these parts, but I had this one in mind when I first saw the post. It was shot a week before you posted the blog, but I did process it specifically for this assignment. thanks!


  68. Chris Hesselden August 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    While I was in Sauble Beach, ON, Canada a few weeks back. -http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrishesselden/6004009554/in/photostream

  69. Brian Beachy August 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    A little late…a little different.

  70. Damion Scheller August 31, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    I’ve seen Mr. Bush’s work. Great stuff. It’s inspired me.


  71. Eric September 2, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Did I miss a posting of Chase’s favorites?

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