This ongoing series examines the relationship between self-service car wash bays and the adjoining landscapes. In their intended function, these semiprivate bays take the place of the family driveway to restore our cars’ fleeting luster. The spaces appear secluded as they are captured at night with exposures timed around the fluctuating cycles of street lights and traffic patterns. Variations in seasonal weather conditions, as well as the shifting balance of interior and exterior light transform these ubiquitous spaces into something unfamiliar.
Mark Lyon was born in 1979, in Upstate New York. His undergraduate studies began at the School of Visual Arts after being accepted with Rhodes and Faculty Scholarships. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at SUNY New Paltz. Lyon has been the recipient of a Fellowship from The Center for Photography at Woodstock, was a runner-up for the 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize and was selected to be in the Top 50 for Critical Mass 2011. His work has been in numerous photography and culture publication including The New York Times Lens and Popular Photography. Lyon’s photographs have been shown throughout the United States including at Pulse NY, Boston University’s Photographic Resource Center, Woodstock Center for Photography and Rayko Photo Center.