Photo Essay

Parking Lot 3


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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9 responses

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    another fantastic series and story!

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    Killer series! Exquisitly executed!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (4 Sep 2009):

    perfect as always

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (30 Sep 2009):

    Great concept and very well presented. Bravo!

  • Hannah Ziadeh

    Hannah Ziadeh (Deleted) said (30 Sep 2009):


  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (2 Oct 2009):

    great story - I hope you get published ;o)

  • Joshua Fields

    Joshua Fields said (2 Oct 2009):

    Very good work, your use of line is very well done, this photos have a sense of balance that makes me feel comfortable, i am am also interested in the texture of the space and the places in the images where things are not so linear, like the car or the pipe. I do think that your accompaning writing does not add much to your images and I would he interested in reading more about your personal reactions to the space then a detailed description of what parking lots look like

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (4 Oct 2009):

    I love your range. very stark and sterile.

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2011):

    Excellent shots. I like this essay. Voted!

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