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The Future Isn’t Now—But Could Have Been


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Art galleries aren’t something we ordinarily write about, but neither are flying cars. And now we’re doing both.

The M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva is exhibiting a collection of photographs by French photographer Renaud Marion. . .of flying cars.

Marion, who is 39, had assumed—as many of us did—that certainly by now we’re all be zipping around in flying cars in the 21st century.


As an artist, he may be a little more imaginative than the rest of us, as he said, “As a child, I imagined the new millennium with flying cars, spaceships, parallel worlds, extra-terrestrials living with us on earth, and time travel.”

We are at least with him on the flying cars.

Anyway, he has created a series of photographs of flying cars, a collection named “Air Drive.”

Rather than developing fanciful vehicles, he went for classics, like the Chevy El Camino, as they represent for Marion what he had imagined, as a child, what the future would look like.


He also paid careful attention to the background for the cars: “I looked for architecture dating from the 1970s; for me that’s retro-futuristic. The buildings had to be imposing, massive and graphic.”

Well, maybe this isn’t what the future has become, but it is interesting from Marion’s point of view of what it could be.

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