Finding Beauty in Abandoned Car Interiors

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on December 7th, 2012

As auto trimmers, it’s not easy to look at old, dilapidated car interiors. But there’s a slew of photographers out there who believe that there’s beauty to be found in their various states of disrepair. Many are intrigued so much, that they search for abandoned cars just to photograph their cabins.

To folks who make a living by building handcrafted car interiors, that might not make much sense – at least, not at first. But view their photos with an open mind, and you too may begin to find beauty in abandoned car interiors.

Below are 10 of the best photos we’ve come across. Some are sad and many will make you cringe, but they’re all beautiful disasters.

Photographer: John E. Kaminski

Photographer: David Gunter

Photographer: Evan Gearing

Photographer: Pascal Boegli

Photographer: Bryan S. Welborn

Photographer: Michael Lilly

Photographer: Alicia Rius

Photographer: Tim Kainu

Photographer: Bob Cagle

Photographer: Wayne Stadler

What do you think? Is there beauty to be found in abandoned car interiors? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below.

7 Responses

  1. Gtrimming Gjudd says:

    Great photos! In a way thay make our job better! Some would look at them photos as a no hope car…we can look past that .

  2. Steve Steve says:

    Love the dashes. These really show a time where cars where machines, and their interiors where desgined around aesthetics rather than an Ipod. When components had purpose instead of novelty.

  3. stitcher_guy stitcher_guy says:

    I love these photos. With the lighting, many of them look like very detailed paintings. Great artwork. And no, they don’t make me cringe in the least. That’s the natural decay of things. Interesting to preserve with photos. Now those same pieces should be restored and re-photograhed showing that nothing is futile and so forlorn that a caring, professional service can’t bring it back.

  4. noel says:

    That’s how most of my jobs come in looking like go out looking a lot better

  5. Retired… Its Going To Take A Lot Of Lysol To Get Me Back At This Again, Beauty Is In The Eye Of the Beholder. Ive Worked On Seats Brought In By People That Actually Had A Frog Juping Out Of Them. As Ive Gotten Older I Look At Things As How Many Germs Are On This Thing And Are They Air Born?

  6. j says:

    think youve grown soft my friend , i just take it as it comes , im gonna ride this thing till the wheels fall off

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