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.
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.
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.
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.