Exploring this big wild world with my little cars

Jun 11, 2016

Kim Leuenberger

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Exploring this big wild world with my little cars

Jun 11, 2016

Kim Leuenberger

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Lavender Delivery in Hitchin
Lavender Delivery in Hitchin

7 years ago, I received a little replica of an iconic Volkswagen minivan from my parents and it was love at first sight for the young 60’s obsessed teenager I was. It stood on my shelf for quite some years, but on a sunny Sunday of May, I took it out to the garden and took pictures of it.

I shared an image of that van with a Paddington bear, and the feedback on Instagram was really positive, so now, for the last 5 years, I continued taking that minivan and a lot of new cars everywhere I would travel.

An Irish Puddle
An Irish Puddle

This made me catch the Wanderlust bug. I can never stay in one place, I adventure all around my homeland Switzerland and Europe whenever I could for the last 5 years. The pictures of the cars became my little escape, nothing was quite comparable to the feeling I got (and still get) when I get the shot I want.

Barracuda
Barracuda

Each little car has got its own personality and face, and they’re all unique characters. The process of creating these images is a sort of self-therapy for me, enabling me to enter my bubble and forget everything around that worries me, I just fall back into that innocence of childhood and everything is so easy. I love to play with water especially, reflections, out of focus areas.

Big Splash At Durdle Door
Big Splash At Durdle Door
Little Police Car
Little Police Car
So Much To See, So Little Time
So Much To See, So Little Time
Riding The Shore In Camogli
Riding The Shore In Camogli
London Lights
London Lights
In The Waves
In The Waves
Never Stop Adventuring
Never Stop Adventuring
Lost In Colombia
Lost In Colombia
Little Dip At Jakobshorn
Little Dip At Jakobshorn
Lover Of The Light
Lover Of The Light
Strolling Magstraede
Strolling Magstraede

It’s the moment and the emotion I want to share with everyone. So when people tell me that my pictures made them happy too, there’s no better feedback for me.

About the Author

Kim Leuenberger is an Adventure-holic photographer with a dangerous hoarding tendency.  She collects miniature cars, mistreats them a little bit but still takes them everywhere on the road with her! Usually find her laying down on the floor, or looking up in the clouds.

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5 responses to “Exploring this big wild world with my little cars”

  1. Chris Johnson Avatar
    Chris Johnson

    Superb

  2. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    Really enjoyed the idea and the execution of it. REALLY well done. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ian Hecht Avatar
    Ian Hecht

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wes Gibson Avatar
    Wes Gibson

    I love your little car photos. What a fantastic idea. Makes me want to go into my closet, break out my 72 Match Box cars that I bought back in the 1960s, and start shooting. I don’t want to be a copy cat though.

    What lens do you primarily use when photographing the little cars? I’m guessing either a macro or something like a 70-300mm zoom. Two lenses I use for photographing little flowers.

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    charley_horse@hotmail.com

    These are great. To see more in this style, I enjoy Michael Paul Smith’s photos or the video about him and his miniature world. https://www.flickr.com/photos/24796741@N05/page1