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Photographer Ryan Schude, known for his whimsical, prop-packed crowd shots, evoked Dorothy and her yellow brick road in this image, part of a series on people with their cars.


When
5:24pm
1.2.13

Where
Elysian Valley

“I was trying to do unstaged documentary shots,” Schude says. “But it’s never been my tendency to do that sort of work and I went back to my old ways with this crazy emerald green and mustard yellow theme.” Schude spray-painted a jumpsuit for his friend, artist Sven Barth. Then he asked his Facebook network how to create the illusion of a painted line down the stairs without adding it later in post-production (he ultimately taped fabric down and only poured paint on the curb). Once Schude installed a rented lamppost and lit the interior of Barth’s green GMC Suburban with a strobe and yellow gels, he trained his Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera on the tableau he painstakingly created.