It’s not uncommon to approach someone at the sink in our office kitchen and discover that what they’re ‘washing’ has no relation to food whatsoever. Samples of pebbles, slabs of stone, permeable concrete pavers and gravel all get a dousing at one point or another to see what they will look like and how they will function when rained/ snowed/ hailed upon. So while I hope you never need to get this close to your driveway, I can assure you that someone here has thought about it from this perspective:
This made me think of artist Caren Alpert, whose work also revels the varieties and nuances of surfaces. Her photographs magnify common foods (from Oreos to cauliflower) to the point that that they look like landscapes viewed from high above. As she says in her artist statement, “What’s the difference between a bird’s-eye view of a remote vegetable crop and a microscopic swath from a pineapple leaf?”
Alpert’s photographs celebrate the richness of texture and color found on landscape surfaces that obsess us on a daily basis. Personally, I want to travel to the land of chocolate cake. What’s your favorite?