Andy Goodwin helps put a face to one group of unsung heroes of the road.
As part of his work, award-winning commercial photographer Andy Goodwin often trains his lenses on people working different jobs, from corporate employees to the individuals that make up the working class. One of the groups he has featured a few times now are ruckers, and his portraits of them provide a fascinating look at the men and women who spend long, lonely hours on the road, moving things.
Truckers – Vol III is the third of Andy’s Truckers series, which had digital artist Jeff Whitlock at the helm for retouching and post-production. The images under Truckers were shot for various clients including International, Peterbilt, Kenworth Trucks, and Hyundai, among others. In all sets, we see truckers photographed during what’s presumably their downtime at work.
Though Andy’s environmental portraits of truckers were obviously shot for commercial purposes and stylized to perfection, looking at these images, I can’t help but think about all those depictions of truckers I’ve seen on TV series, reality shows, and movies, and wonder how they stack up against the real thing.
At the risk of sounding a tad sentimental, truck driving must be one of the loneliest jobs there is. Part of the job description is to spend long hours, even days, on the road, away from family and loved ones. It’s nice for once to see truckers taking the limelight from more glamorous jobs that we often see elsewhere.
Anyway, check out the rest of the images for Truckers – Vol III below:
All images by Andy Goodwin and retouched by Jeff Whitlock. Used with Creative Commons permission.