Petrol Stations: Photos by Vanessa Leissring
Beautiful night shots of petrol/gas stations, illuminated by their neon signs, which serve as both supply and rest stops to recover from driving on long stretches of highways.
The petrol station—situated on the edge of urban civilization—is an integral part of our daily locomotion. Placed next to the American Highway and the European Autobahn, it represents a materialized belief in progress through technology—the petrol station is a media-mythical charged location. They are focal points of supply: that is what furnishes them with meaning as a part of an utilization mechanism: a mechanism which is initiated by the human and comes to an end in technical progress. In the works of her series, Vanessa Leissring removes the petrol stations from their context and isolates them in documental self-luminous photographs.