Roger Snider started his photography career doing fashion ads. But about 15 years ago, he started taking photos of oversized trucks decorated – first in Japan and later in the United States. His work caught the attention of National Geographic, who inspired him to track down the most beautiful large platforms on earth for a photography project that has been running since 2005. Here, we feature some of his best work.
In fact, this isn’t the first time that photos from Snider’s trailer have appeared on Jalopnik’s pages. In 2014, we wrote about Chrome and Elegancea 12-month photo calendar of large rigs modeled after Peterbilt promotional materials from the 1960s, when the truck manufacturer would pose models in formal attire alongside the latest commercial trucks.
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Snider has kindly provided a selection of his favorite big rig photos for Jalopnik to present to you here. For even more, including fantastic behind-the-scenes footage, check out Snider’s website here or follow his truck-focused Instagram, Roger_Snider_Rigs. And big rigs aren’t the only vehicle Snider is fascinated by: he’s currently looking for subjects for a new photo series on pre-2004 Toyota trucks around the world, modified for specific lines of work. If you own one of these trucks or are interested in hiring Snider for a photo project, contact the artist here.
From now on, we’ll let Snider explain each photo in his own words.
In case you missed it:
Dandee Dairy Custom Peterbilt
Dandee Dairy Custom Peterbilt hauling hay, shot on location in West Texas.
Bill LaBrocca’s Peterbilt
Bill LaBrocca’s Peterbilt in Brookings on the southern coast of Oregon. Bill recently took the newly painted truck and trailer to a truck show in Brooks, Oregon, where it was awarded Best Combo out of over 300 top class rides.
Guy’s Custom Peterbilt 379
Guy’s custom Peterbilt 379 near Jackson CA. This truck is retired from hauling work and is kept in a garage.
Peterbilt 379 by Thomas Trucking
Peterbilt 379 demoted driver for Thomas Trucking in Vermont exits. Sadly, this truck burned to the ground in an electrical fire shortly after I took this photo.
Rock-it Transport Transfer Dump
In honor of breast cancer awareness, Rock-it Transport built this bright pink transfer depot.
JDT of Medford, Oregon, transporting wood products bound for Denton, Texas, parks inside White Sands Monument Park in New Mexico, where the film’s opening scene Train It was filmed in the 1970s.
Blake’s Peterbilt 352
Blake of Central Valley’s Peterbilt 352, filmed on a Burbank studio in a 1950s Cadillac.
Paul Cox’s K100 Aerodyne
Paul Cox’s 1979 K100 Aerodyne drives through the Redwoods in NorCal near Crescent City.
Peterbilt 352 at USC
1980 Peterbilt 352H Cabover. Steven Hettinga. Pixley, CA at USC.
Peterbilt 359 by Jesse Bounds Trucking
Jesse Bounds Trucking of Oregon owns this Peterbilt 359 truck and trailer, pictured on location in Chatsworth, CA.
Miro’s Peterbilt 379
Miro’s 2003 Peterbilt 379 Transfer Dump at Vasquez Rocks. This is the perfect location to film this classic transfer dump combination. Miro Dragich owns and operates this 2003 Peterbilt 379 transfer with Rogue crates and trailer.
Hay Hauler and Hay Squeeze
A hay truck and haywrapper (a specialized forklift truck used to load and unload bales of hay) in the Malibu hills at night.
Peterbilt 389 hay truck
Peterbilt 389 Hay Hauler on the beach in Malibu. Central Valley Rich’s new Peterbilt 389 with double trailers decked out on the beach in Malibu.
Classic Peterbilt 359
The classic Peterbilt 359 truck photographed in a Burbank studio with the classic Cadillac whale tail in the foreground.
Peterbilt 352 and a barn
Peterbilt 352 in a barn in Oak Ridge, Virginia. This truck has all original factory parts right down to the paint scheme. Stored in a barn in Oklahoma since the 1980s, it now belongs to a new owner in New Jersey.
Bill Long’s Peterbilt 389
The Shawshank Redemption Prison Facade filming location provides the backdrop for filming here in Mansfield, Ohio. Bill Long’s Peterbilt 389 is a custom build inside and out.
Eric’s truck has won first place at many truck shows. The Oak Ridge Estate Mansion behind it was built in 1802.
Peterbilt by Eilen & Sons Trucking
Eilen & Sons Trucking in Hampton, Minnesota built this 1990 Peterbilt, pictured in front of the Milwaukee Museum of Art.
2003 Peterbilt 379
This 2003 Peterbilt 379 daily cab owned by Rusty Bradeen Trucking of Edgewood, WA was in town for the 2016 ATHS National Truck Show in Salem, OR in May 2016.
Rainey Farms Peterbilts
Rainey Farms Peterbilt 359 and 362 at Hartlee Field, Texas. Filmed at the famous WWII training track near the Peterbilt factory in Denton, TX. This location is private and was used in Faith Hill’s video for her song in the movie. pearl harbor.
Park Master’s Peterbilt 389
Peterbilt 389 from Park Mastre leaving Kansas in Big Basin Redwoods. Located near Santa Cruz CA, this is Big Basin Redwood Park, some of which were damaged by fire a few years ago.
Peterbilt 389 by Dane Nelson
Peterbilt 389 by Dane Nelson at the UCSD Student Union. Calendar truck shot in San Diego CA at the golden hour.
Hot Rod Peterbilt by Steve Vermeer
Steve Vermeer’s hot rod Peterbilt 352 in the studio with a classic car.
Timmy’s Peterbilt 389
Timmy’s Peterbilt 389 Single Axle Hay Hauler in the studio. Timmy hauls hay in the Central Valley. This truck has many customizations including a lowered front end of a car transporter truck.
V-Max on a Helipad
V-Max leaving Zeeland, Michigan on top of the helipad in Chatsworth, CA.
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