Rear Window, Summer 2006
© Leslie Hossack
“Don’t stop. Keep right on going. Hitch up your trailer and go to Canada or down to Old Mexico. Head for Europe, if you can afford it, or go to the Mardi Gras. Go someplace you’ve heard about, where you can fish or hunt or collect rocks or just look up at the sky. Find out what’s at the end of some country road. Go see what’s over the next hill, and the one after that, and the one after that.” – Wally Byam
The first Airstream trailer was built in 1930 by Wally Byam. His dream was to produce a perfect trailer that would move like a stream of air. To this day, the signature shape of an Airstream trailer is recognized around the world.
The image shown above is from a grouping called Airstream Abstracts. The photographs in this series were taken over the course of an entire year. In 2007, they were part of my solo exhibition entitled The Four Seasons.
When the old stone church next door was sold in 2003, our new neighbour installed an Airstream trailer to live in during renovations. And so began my love affair with a travel trailer. This vintage icon appears to be an Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht built in the early 1970s.
In the beginning, the Airstream was parked in the open churchyard. There it mirrored the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass throughout the long summer days.
Later in September, as the days grew shorter, the trailer was moved into the trees behind the church where it reflected the reds and golds of autumn, the sparkling whites of winter, and the tender yellow-greens of spring.