Sony World Photography Awards recently announced “Gassing up at Roy’s” by photographer Ralph Gräf is the winner of the Travel category for 2017.
Graf is a university professor in the field of cell biology. He resides in Potsdam, Germany near Berlin. Graf is also one of a dozen colleagues, who have organized Photogallery Potsdam, a gallery to champion contemporary artistic photography in the Potsdam region .
Here’s Ralph’s take on his prize winning image:
“...In August 2016 I was on a scientific meeting in Tucson Arizona. Since I love the southwest of the USA with its extreme landscapes and its sometimes quirky roadside attractions I decided to continue my stay for nine further days to take photos for my "Roadside America" series. I travelled through Arizona, New Mexico and California. I encountered the old service area in Amboy, California, located at the historic Route 66. I was there twice to capture the optimal light situation and I had to wait for a while to encounter a situation with a suitable car at the right position for the image I had in mind...”