Single Point Perspective: California Dreamin’

Apr 8, 2013 3:54PM

On my first visit to California in 1978, I didn’t bring a jacket. It was summer and I expected Beach Blanket Bingo weather — big sunny skies and breezes that barely ruffled the palm trees...The feeling is epitomized in McDonough’s late ’70s photograph of two young men and a woman leaning against a 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. Owing to its open bed, the model, like the “Woodie” style station wagon, was a surfer’s favorite — boards could just be tossed in the back.

Image: Paul McDonough, “California, Two Men and a Woman” (1979) (© Paul McDonough, courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York)