Haunting Eyes

Posted: 13th September 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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On one of our recent photo excursions with our best friends, Mr. & Mrs. Mudpuppy, we encountered some pretty unusual things on our way back to town.  Today’s photoblog post takes a close and very haunting look at one of these things, an abandoned artifact, deep in the forest of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  Apparently dumped here, the remnants of this classic item are slowly being overtaken by nature…  it’s only a matter of time before it disappears forever, and this series of images is all that remains.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

As we drove down the road enjoying the scenery and appreciating the area for the wonderful little spot in the world it held, I noticed..  barely..  as we passed by, something metallic and kind of blue.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

After planting both feet fully, and literally standing on the brake pedal, Mudpuppy and I hopped out of the SUV, quickly grabbed the camera gear and set up to capture something amazing.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

This is not just a classic era GMC pickup truck, or more aptly the remains of one, but it is also the personification of a lost soul dumped thoughtlessly and carelessly deep in the woods, to slowly decay and eventually disappear.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

As those who follow our blog know well, my love for classic cars and trucks runs very, very deep.  Even with all my love and enthusiasm for these wonderful old pieces of our history and heritage, this truck is well beyond any form of restoration or repair.  This soul is truly lost.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

The empty headlight cavities formed empty eyes…  lost eyes… sad eyes.  Dark, empty, despairing…  there is no future for this truck, only an ever-pervasive encroaching eventuality, moving forward ever so slowly.

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Abandoned GMC Truck - Cowichan Valley, BC, Canada

Bent, twisted & very rusty, with a final smirk forever imprinted in its face this is without any doubt this trucks final resting place.  As we left, I couldn’t help but feel very sad for what might have been for this beautiful truck had it fallen into different hands all those years ago.  But fate had its own plans, and the hand was dealt.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come by today, we’ve been very busy on shoots here the last few days and have some really incredible imagery in the works here to share with everyone in the near future, so please do stay tuned!  Please do feel free to leave any comments you may have, we really love to hear from all our visitors.



  1. These are friggin’ awesome. I just love this kind of stuff…as you well know ;-)
    Top notch post!

  2. Truly awesome find and wonderful captures, Toad!! I love your ‘slow reveal.’ Very effective photo narrative and awesome photography!

  3. avatar Heather says:

    I am sad for this truck :( lovely imagery though!

  4. avatar Fred Norris says:

    Fantastic images Toad ,you must have a keen eye to spot this classic so carefully camouflaged by nature.Top job old boy!!

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Great images Toad. You must have built-in radar for these cars. Wonderful write-up also. I never thought I could almost be brought to tears about an abandoned GMC.

  6. What a find. These images are just terrific. BTW not only are you a talented photographer but you certainly have a way of building a story. Love your posts.

  7. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Toad! This is one of my favorites of your’s!!! What a great series of images. Great writing. Good work here, my friend! Congrats on the find!

  8. Oh, man! I’d totally love to have a crack at those brackets for our project, especially the last one! But, since they’re already up and lookin’ good, I know that whatever you have to share is even better than this, if that can be.

    This was a great set of shots, and I love the presentation.

  9. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    Stephen King just called, he wants to sue for copyright infringement of his movie Christine. Fantastic stuff Toads!!

  10. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Oh yeah man, nice find! These are cool shots.

    Does Mr and Mrs Mudpuppy have a photoblog as well?

    • Hiya Aaron, thanks so kindly for your visit & comments my friend much appreciated! Nope, no blog yet from the Mudpuppy’s, but we’re tryin’ to convince them to do so! They are both entertaining and wonderful folks!! We sure do appreciate your visit here my friend!

  11. avatar Jim Nix says:

    awesome series of shots Toad, love them!! well done!

  12. Looks like you hit that one out of the park, Toadster.

  13. avatar Mike says:

    :D I think that you have just discovered a cross between Dr. Pamela Isley and Mater!

  14. avatar Rick says:

    Fantastic photos! Looks like the truck/foliage is coming alive or being swallowed up. Well captured!

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