William Eggleston’s 2 1/4

Aesthetica Magazine

Eggleston’s photographs capture landscapes in transition, petrol fantasies marred with rust. One image displays a crimson pickup truck against a pale sky, shot in angled profile. In both the paint’s glossy sheen and the chrome bumper’s reflection, we see a small figure, bent over an object (a camera, perhaps). The effect feels borrowed from Jan van Eyck or Pieter Claesz, turning a symbol of American industrial dominance into something haunted and aware…