Photographer Ethan Bickel explains the inspiration behind this series: "I began the photo series, 'Size is Relative,' thinking of the Matchbox cars as stand-ins for the real thing. I wanted to photograph them as they might have been in the original advertisements: the beau ideal of the sleek sports car poised on the edge of a California cliff overlooking the ocean, the family sedan cruising through the mountains, or a day at the beach with the station wagon tailgate down." Pictured here: E-Type Jaguar at Big Sur
Matchbox Cars: Lark Wagonier
Photographer Bickel says, "At the start, I chose the cars that my siblings and I had played with when we were young. These cars had the patina of age: some with chipped paint, one or two with a cracked windshield, and some with old mud in the tires from a day of off-road exploration. These were the cars that filled my mind of imagined road trips." Pictured here: Lark Wagonier
Matchbox Cars: Saab 95 into the sunset
The photographer describes his process: "I shot the background images on a number of road trips. They are printed and used as seamless backdrops for the model cars to be placed into and re-photographed in my studio." Pictured here:
Saab 95 into the sunset
Matchbox Cars: Bridge and Cars
Bridge and Cars
Matchbox Cars: VW Beetle at Big Sur
VW Beetle at Big Sur
Matchbox Cars: Ferrari on I-5 by Mt. Shasta
Ferrari on I-5 by Mt. Shasta
Matchbox Cars: Scammell Snow Plough
Scammell Snow Plough
Matchbox Cars: Jaguar MK10
Matchbox Cars: Fiat 1500
Matchbox Cars: Comer Bottle Float
Comer Bottle Float
Matchbox Cars: Night Ride Home #6/SAAB 9-5/Gathering Storm
From the photographer: "In the second part of the series, 'Night Ride Home,' I shifted the focus from the cars themselves to the mood of the drive home. The return journey can be a bag of mixed feelings - satisfaction of the day's excursion, tiredness from travel, a bit of sadness that the day has ended, or hopeful for a fresh start the next day." Pictured here: SAAB 9-5/Gathering Storm
Matchbox Cars: Night Ride Home #5, MG 1100 in Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia
Night Ride Home #5, MG 1100 in Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia.
Matchbox Cars: Night Ride Home #4, Fiat in Sydney, Australia
Night Ride Home #4, Fiat in Sydney, Australia.
Matchbox Cars: Night Ride Home #3, 1968 Mercury Cougar in Sydney, Australia
Night Ride Home #3, 1968 Mercury Cougar in Sydney, Australia.
Matchbox Cars: Night Ride Home #1, 1967 Chevy Nova in Sydney, Australia
Night Ride Home #1, 1967 Chevy Nova in Sydney, Australia.