Photographer captures haunting images of departed drive-ins
NEW YORK, NY — Photographer Carl Weese took his first B&W picture of an abandoned drive-in theater over a decade ago in Connecticut. Since then, he has been taking pictures of drive-ins in over 25 states, most of them now closed and decaying. He sees the drive-in theater as a “stealthily strong feature of American history.” A recent article in the New York Times spotlights his work and includes a slideshow of his pictures.
From the middle of the field, Mr. Weese could see the screen of an abandoned drive-in movie theater at the foot of a nearby hillside. It was half-covered in a thicket of overgrown trees. The image of the derelict screen blending into the surrounding landscape intrigued him.
The following morning he got up early. At dawn he photographed the drive-in, just as the day’s first shafts of light fell upon the white screen and illuminated it.
It was Mr. Weese’s first photograph of a drive-in theater. Over the years, he has produced hundreds more. “Drive-ins are this stealthily strong feature of American history,” said Mr. Weese, who takes a sociological approach to much of his photography.