Death Drive Photographs by Dean Rogers

Jayne Mansfield, June 29th, 1967.

Marc Boland, Helmut Newton, Grace Kelly, Jackson Pollock, Princess Diana, Eddie Cochran, James Dean and Albert Camus all died in a car crash. Photographer Dean Rogers shot these photo's on the anniversary of a death, and the exact time and location of the crash.

People tend to remember these things clearly. I've asked some of my friends and family about Princess Diana's death and most of them remembered exactly where they were, who they were with and what they were doing when they heard the news of her death. I don't read the gossip magazines, especially not the ones in the waiting room of the doctors office, for fear of catching even more icky germs. Meaning...I don't go bananas over famous people and I don't have a death wish. But these photographs fascinate me, because they make me wonder about mortality.

Where would the road have lead them if the crash never happened? Would I want to leave this world while I'm obviously still in the middle of doing something...quit while I'm ahead? Or would I want to go when I know everything is done and I have nothing left to do but wait?

Yeah, it's pointless to ponder over "what if's" and things I can't possibly predict. It is important to me however to mean something profound to someone in my life. And I can do something about it every day, as long as I'm still around.

Princess Grace of Monaco, Sept 14th, 1982.

Jackson Pollock, August 11th, 1956.

Princess Diana, August 31st, 1997.

James Dean, Sept 30th, 1955.

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Comment by alice on March 1, 2010 at 3:04pm
haunting...thanks for the post, inka!
Comment by Eugene on March 1, 2010 at 10:56am
Wow! I agree with Kevin, totally fascinating in a twisted way.
Comment by Mark Huckabee on March 1, 2010 at 9:42am
Its funny how these stretches of empty road bring thoughts of our own mortality to our minds. I've been having similar thoughts because of my next door neighbor. He's in his 70s and has cancer that has spread beyond any hope of treatment. Two weeks ago his doctor gave him 3-6 months to live and completely stopped treating his disease. He now gets medication only for pain. On Saturday his daughter threw him a birthday party and I am certain he knew that everyone came to see him for one last time. He never said it, but I could see it in his eyes.
Comment by Faizal Riza B Mohd Raf on March 1, 2010 at 6:39am
i like pretty neat collection!
Comment by Rachel Anne on February 28, 2010 at 11:55am
this is a pretty neat collection!
Comment by MATTstas on February 28, 2010 at 10:29am
Love the James Dean one. The sky and the road just comes together beautifully.
Comment by Kevin on February 27, 2010 at 8:31pm
Comment by sAm on February 27, 2010 at 7:07pm
wow, these are amazing. Crazy to see the stretches of road where it all happened. Eerie!

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