Los Angeles-based photographer Johnny Tergo project “Passenger Side Window” is all about the art of the drive by shooting. The series was captured using a complicated camera rig Tergo built into the passenger seat of his Chevy Silverado.
In building the rig, his goal was to bring a studio-lit aesthetic to candid photos of pedestrians, captured from the perspective of someone sitting in a passenger seat.
The rig consists of a Canon 1D Mark IV, a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens, a laptop, an iPad mini, two studio lights, and a reflector. One of the lights sits in the passenger seat with the rest of the camera gear, while the second light and a reflector are located closer to the rear of the truck.
After spotting a potential subject, Tergo adjusts his cameras exposure and his off-camera lighting before moving in for the shot. Since the photos are captured without the pedestrians’ consent, they occasionally yell at him after a shot is snapped.
Here are some of the photographs Tergo has captured so far using the drive-by truck studio:
This project reminds us of Jonathan Castillo’s Car Culture series, which also involved a lighting rig built into a car. However, Castillo’s project is a bit more iffy where safety is concerned — he photographs other cars and drivers rather than people standing or walking on sidewalks.
You can find more of Tergo’s Passenger Side Window photos over on his website.
Image credits: Photographs by Johnny Tergo and used with permission