Photo Essay

Parking Lot 2


In most countries where cars are the dominant mode of transportation, parking lots are a feature of every city and suburban area.

The usual parking lot is paved with asphalt. Some are paved with concrete. Many are gravel lots. A few of the newer lots are surfaced with permeable paving materials.

Most spaces in normal parking lots available to the public are sized for vehicles about the size of a car. The spaces are usually arranged assuming the vehicle can back out of the parking space.

The area in parking lots is organized into parking spaces, which are generally marked with paint lines for each vehicle and driving lanes in between so that vehicles can drive into and out of the spaces. The arrangement of the parking spaces relative to the driving lanes can feature perpendicular parking spaces, angle parking, or parallel parking.

Parking lots can be small, with just parking spaces for a few vehicles, very large with spaces for thousands of vehicles, or any size in between. Small parking lots are usually near buildings for small businesses or a few apartments, although many other locations are possible. Larger parking lots can be for larger businesses or those with many customers, institutions such as offices, hospitals, museums or other tourist attractions, rest areas, strip malls, or larger apartment buildings.

At places where most visitors and employees use their car to access place, the parking lot usually takes up more land area than the buildings. This is at least true for shopping centres and office buildings, unless a multi-storey park is used.

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12 responses

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (25 Jun 2009):


  • peter

    peter (Deleted) said (26 Jun 2009):

    there is something i dislike (a feeling, feelings ... fear, anxiety, ) while looking the photos ... so the photos works, they are exellent ...

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Wht a study of parking areas ! I share with you the idea of the huge surfaces used to park cars in cities, often bigger than buildings...

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    My vote. Great photo series.

  • Sybil Zimmerman

    Sybil Zimmerman gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    Love the colors. You have my vote! : )

  • andré paiva

    andré paiva gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    got my vote!

  • joshstabsface

    joshstabsface gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    thomas your work is always top quality.

  • mark duckmanton

    mark duckmanton (Deleted) gave props (2 Jul 2009):

    voted to publish - this is a stunning series

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (6 Jul 2009):

    i like almost everything about those shots. the format, the compositions, the clarity, the lines and colours, the "catching coldness"... simply brilliant

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) said (7 Jul 2009):

    Your shots in this serie are wonderful, I love them, even though their coldness and their being so white somehow make me feel nervous, like being trapped in cage. Anyway, I love these pictures! Your idea is brilliant and those colored lines and arrows and writes, wow, you really put in a shot lots of sensations in my opinion!

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (7 Jul 2009):

    Every image is a masterpiece for me: the shots deeply impress me with its absolute clarity and their perfection of the composed elements!

  • patrick conaty

    patrick conaty gave props (11 Jul 2009):

    great work again Thomas. I hope to see this again in the magazine :)

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