Since the 1990s, Todd Hido has been known for his distinctive approach to photography, crafting narratives with loose suburban scenes, desolate landscapes, and stylized portraits. Capturing images from the driver’s seat through a windshield, Hido’s pictorialist sensibilities transform natural elements of condensation, dirt, and grit into painterly abstractions akin to watercolor.

He masterfully blurs the lines between painting and photography, creating a body of work that unfolds gradually, delivering a profound sense of cinematic gravitas and a dreamy, almost surreal quality. In his latest series, The End Sends Advance Warning, Hido’s lens ventures beyond the usual setting of American Suburbia and looks for inspiration in the rugged terrain of the Hawaiian Islands, the shores of the Bering Sea, and the Nordic Fjords above the Arctic Circle.

Roadside photography, a genre explored extensively since the 1950s, counts notable works by Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Lee Friedlander, whose work can be characterized as a collective focus on encapsulating the essence of “America.” Todd Hido, rather than immersing himself in the environment, maintains his vantage point from within his vehicle. Opting for this limited visual perspective, he injects an element of enigma, detachment, and yearning into his work. The resulting image is one of unattainable desire. Both Hido and his viewers are forever ensnared on the opposite side of the car windshield, a threshold they can never quite traverse.

The End Sends Advance Warning is on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York. A book of the same name is published by Nazraeli Press.