Andrew Bush
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(left to right)

Woman rolling to a stoplight at Wilshire Boulevard and Lafayette Place in Hollywood at 2:38-2:39 pm on January 18, 1997
Chromogenic Print
From an edition of 10
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

Woman gliding southeast at 64 mph on US route 101 near Santa Barbara
at 4:39 PM sometime in March 1990

Chromogenic Print
From an edition of 10
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell

Woman taking her time rambling south at 63 mph on the Hollywood
Freeway near the Vine Street exit in Los Angeles on a Saturday afternoon
Chromogenic Print
From an edition of 10
From the collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
Like Tim Davis, whose video work Transit Byzantium is on view in the Crane Gallery, Andrew Bush mounted a camera to his passenger side window, though he photographed drivers in and around Los Angeles rather than pedestrians. Los Angeles is famous for its car culture (and traffic jams) and the photographs explore the curious way that driving a car involves inhabiting both a private and public sphere. The car can represent, to varying degrees, an expression of its owner’s personality, a protective shell, or a way of exploring the larger world. It can also be a way of escaping into solitude. The photograph on the right, with a woman holding a flower to her nose, most clearly encapsulates a person stealing a private moment in public view.