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The Windblown Project is the brainchild of photographer Annie Noelker. It is a collection of 52 artistic portraits featuring people leaning out of a car window while being pleasantly whipped by the wind, mirroring that sense of bliss and joy in the viewer. / Image courtesy of Annie Noelker Photography // Published: 12.8.16

The Windblown Project: Capturing That Blissful Feeling Of Being Caught In The Wind

There’s something about slobbery dogs sticking their heads out moving car windows that’s just the best. Their little tongues flapping in the breeze, jittery fur blowing backwards, and toothy grins smiling from floppy ear-to-ear. If you're a dog person, you know what I mean.

Similarly, people sticking their heads out moving car windows are just as picturesque, albeit in a different (less fluffy, less tail-waggy) way.

So today, allow me to introduce you to a photographer who's all about embracing the untamed joy of being whipped around in the wind and creating art from those moments.


Annie Noelker is only 19, but boy is she wise beyond her years. She’s the lady responsible for Annie Noelker Photography, which emerged out of her need to create, see the world with fresh eyes, and find beauty in everything. If those aren't what I call #lifegoals, I don't know what is.

She’s also the creative genius behind The Windblown Project, a collection of unique portraits photographed during Annie's second semester of art school.

These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill portraits though. Windblown Project's photos capture 52 people sticking their heads out of a moving vehicle while wind whips blissfully through their hair, exacting contagious smiles on each person's face.


It all (kinda) started 10 years ago, on the day Annie and her family were moving to Ohio. The window was rolled down, the wind caught her hair, and all she could do was laugh as her dad snapped a photo of her. It was one of the worst days of her life, but in her windblown moment, it wasn't obvious.

Years later, as a college student, she rediscovered the photo. For Annie, the photo was a sweet reminder of the beauty in being caught in the wind during one of her saddest moments. The photo was so important, it inspired her to explore a new artistic endeavor, which ultimately became the Windblown Project.

She hopes the collection serves as a reminder to everyone who views it, that even the worst days don’t seem so bad when your hair is in knots above your head.


Check out the gallery above to get a taste of the windblown beauty that Annie created.
And by all means, go for a windows-down drive next chance you get!