“A quick wash and brush up, Madam – to refresh the exterior?”
Last week we took my old car to the car wash. I admit it is probably more than 5 years since I’d been through the strange experience of sitting in a car while the automated ‘wash and brush up’ whirred, rattled and rolled all about me. As I had my iPhone with me I decided to shoot the experience from the inside. After all it might be another 6 years before I get the chance again ;o)
So here is the journey into the surreal world of car wash.
We were quite relieved to find a car in front of us, as we couldn’t remember how it all worked – so we learned as it went through ahead of us.
Once in the machine daylight vanishes. For an alarming moment you feel you might be in a crusher, as it feels the car body to estimate its size.
And then, goodbye world – hello soap! An amazing array of soapy abstracts began to unfold across the windscreen……
Then it really got interesting, and just a little scary (it was so long since I’d been there) The ‘brush up’ was beginning……
But I was absorbed in the drama that was playing out on the screen before my eyes. Soap suds and that giant brush…..
Then a quick rinse, and the world beyond the car wash was suddenly there again – but at the bottom of a watery pool…..
Meanwhile the brushes were tackling the sides of the car. The inside was getting hot and the windows were steaming up…..
And I found myself shooting myself in the side window …..
Then on to more wonderful watery distortions as the rinsing off began…..
And some great abstracts of the brushes. almost an oil painting…..
And the final stage – bring on the hair-dryer! Another crazy sequence of ripples…….
Finally the world outside starts taking shape again…….
Yes – the sun is still shining out there, though it looks like a heavy downpour from here…….
The whole process only lasted about 10 minutes, but I took over 60 shots. It was an ever changing kaleidoscope of almost abstract visuals – and enormous fun! I think I’ll be back before another 5 years slip by!
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