Photo album Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf

The Autofriedhof (car cemetery) was an extraordinary collection of rotting cars, dumped by a spare parts salesman on land behind his workshops since the 1930s in Kaufdorf, between Thun and Bern. The cars, in varying stages of decomposition, remained untouched since they were abandoned in the woods and were mainly collapsed hulks. The range of cars was fantastic: from Minis and Peugeots to old Chevrolets, Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Rileys and Jaguars from the 1950s and earlier. The area was cleared after the government took legal action against the owner between 2016 and 2018.

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Death of a cemetery

I was neither the first, nor the last, photographer to visit the car cemetery in Kaufdorf, a typical Swiss lowland village near Bern, when I shot these photographs amongst the hulks of rotting cars from the past seventy years. Even then, in 2008, there were many questions over how much longer the area would remain: […]

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Cameras, Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

Are you interested in and knowledgeable about Strobism? Do you write fluent French? Can you write well and are you interested in helping other photographers based in Switzerland to learn how to improve their technique and extend their knowledge? Can you spare a little free time each week to write for a new blog about […]

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Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

An abject lesson for any seal who attempts to drive a Mercedes in a car cemetery: wear a seatbelt. More, larger photos from the car cemetery in the gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/photo/switzerland/be/autofriedhof/

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Corolla, Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

More, larger photos from the car cemetery in the gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/photo/switzerland/be/autofriedhof/ Strobist info: one zoomed, diffused SB24 high at camera right (Thanks Jo!) (1/1) focused on boot area. Ambient light underexposed 1.5 stops.

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Yellow 500, Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

More, larger photos from the car cemetery in the gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/photo/switzerland/be/autofriedhof/ Strobist info: one zoomed, diffused SB24 at camera left (1/1) focused on yellow Fiat, one zoomed Canon 430ez at camera right (1/8) as fill-in. Ambient light underexposed 2 stops.

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Autofriedhof, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

More, larger photos from the car cemetery in the gallery at Permanent Tourist: permanenttourist.ch/photo/switzerland/be/autofriedhof/ Strobist info: one diffused SB24 at camera right (1/1), one Canon 430ez at camera left (1/16).

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Jo, Auto Cemetery, Kaufdorf, Switzerland

Strobist info: two Cactus-fired, flashes; a diffused SB-24 at camera right (1/2 power) and a Canon 430ez to the left and behind Jo (1/1 power) to create the highlights on her arm, back and face.

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