2 850 000 Volvo 240 cars were made between 1974 and 1993. It became the car of choice of the Nordic countries. 84 287 were sold in Norway. I have started photographing these cars as they are parked. In front of a house, in a driveway, in a parking lot, in a garage, alongside a road, in a courtyard. In their natural habitat.
With these photographs I want to show how we live, how our surroundings look. I wish to portray the everyday landscape. More than any other car, the 240 became a symbol of Norwegian and Nordic values.
The safe, the sound, the commonplace. Square and homely, yet solid and reliable. Function over form. No frills. Taking you from A to Z. A car. An ambassador for the Scandinavian social democracy.
There are still approximately 17 000 registered 240s rolling on Norwegian roads.
This project will out on JOURNAL fall 2014
All images © Helge Skodvin