What Makes Something an Object of Desire?
Personally, cars don't really do it for me. I'm the type that couldn't tell you the model of a car, even if it was my own. And I certainly wouldn't refer one as "sexy." But I know I'm in the minority here. As a car culture, we attach a lot of desire and sexuality to our automobiles. Maybe the practice started with movie drive-ins and all the making out that occurred there? I'm not sure, but I must say, photographing the Lexus alongside beautiful couples, like Jaime King and boyfriend Kyle Newman, definitely increased the car's sex-factor. Even I, an avid public transportation rider, felt a little twinge of desire.
Regardless of whether you're turned on by a car, the question posed by the event is an interesting one. What makes something an object of desire? Surely, a sharply dressed person with an infectious, magnetic personality could be described as desirous. But can a car (or any other object, for that matter) embody the same? Take a look at the photos that made it into Adler's and Doonan's exhibit and let me know if you think they got it right.