When a car comes to Aadlen Bros. Auto Wrecking in Sun Valley, California, it is drained of oil and transmission fluids, some of its parts are sold off to buyers, and finally, after some time, it is crushed. But before that that can happen, the car must wait in a sort of auto purgatory — ownerless and no longer drivable, a shadow of its former self.
Photographer Pej Behdarvand visited the junkyard in 2012 as part of an assignment for Car and Driver to document a 1993 BMW 325i’s journey from a liquidation center to a scrap metal recycling facility. Behdarvand had never been to a junkyard before and as he was driven around on a golf cart through the facility, he became fascinated by its large but contained universe. After the storywas published in Car and Driver, Behdarvand returned to Aadlen to work on his series, “Deathbed,” which captures cars in that strange transitional stage before they’re crushed. “I believe that things are always changing and that we are always in between places in our lives. The purgatory here seems quickly, easily, and visually readable. The cars are no longer with the person who drove them and they are no longer in the functioning world that we live. They are removed, like in a convalescent home, waiting for what is to come next,” Behdarvand said via email.
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