We were behind this truck recently at a stop light.* The entire time, we were thinking: 1) the driver attends UNC; 2) she drives a Ford truck; 3) she is a Christian; 4) she is from Minnesota (license plate cropped out of photo); 5) she must be a good driver because the truck has no sign of a bump or scratch- no easy task in a college town. That yellow lettering stuck with us for a while: Are you following JESUS this close? We even found ourselves talking to the bumper sticker, "wait..... we're not that close to your truck." Later that day, back in town on Battleground Avenue, we saw a Volvo with a vanity plate advertising a local community: OAKRIDGE.
The back of a vehicle makes a very effective place to advertise/proselytize. What does the back of your vehicle say about you? You know people are watching! Since we photograph something related to religion every Sunday, this bumper sticker is having an even greater impact than the truck-driving, Carolina gal (from Minnesota) ever imagined.
Summer is a fun time to look for bumperstickers and vanity tags, especially if you are on vacation and have restless children in the car.
* (OK, we cheated a little and slipped out of Guilford County for an afternoon).