20 years ago, I shot these photos in an attempt to break into the car photography business. I had started working with a company making a Car Calendar featuring Exotic Cars. I have over 18 years of car shots on film. Just a handful of what was produced has ever been seen by anyone. With this blog, I can put some of that work out now and maybe someone will get to see some of it.
Here is a case of finding one thing to work with, the car image, and then adding another element, the sky, then cropping and framing to accentuate the space the car is in. I like the light on the car as it seems to come from behind and above the car. It’s gives a good sense of the shape of the car with quiet attention to some of the details. The image is stark, but the car is subtle with just enough of something going on in the distance that gives the image space. It looks as if the car is parked just outside a large doorway with a painted backdrop of a hazy sky. It makes sense but you question the space behind the car. Well, I do.
Ferrari 308 GTB.
I’m not sure when I first noticed it, but there was a time whenever I would see a Porsche 911 at a certain angle on the road or at a stop light, anywhere. It was instant. There was a feeling in my gut, an excitement, a longing, a kinda hard to describe thing I would just feel. Car guys get it, Art lovers get it, anybody that just feels something about a thing they have a passion for, gets it. Maybe you know what I mean in your own way. Words cannot describe it in a way that you can read about and get it. You have to just feel it and notice it. It’s personal. Things change over time and you get used to that feeling and become a little immune to it, especially when you have spent as much time with cars as I have over the years, up close and personal with cars like these. I still notice it from time to time and find myself feeling it for a few other cars as well. But, the shape of a Porsche 911, well, that’s art. It’s a sculpture on wheels. I’m not talking about what the car can do as much as I am about how it looks. Just look at it! It still works.
This last fall during one of my morning walks around the neighborhood, I came across a very very red car in a garage. I couldn’t tell at first what it was because of some stuff in the way. But as I walked into view, I realized I’d come across something very rare right in my own neighborhood. A brand new Lexus LFA. I’d been looking for one and as I explained my interest to the owner, we agreed to try some basic shots right in his driveway. To get this kind of shot, I need to control the light. I wasn’t interested in the background showing up so that kept it easy. I wanted to work with the least amount of stuff neccessary so light painting was in line with what would give me the best results for showing the shape of the car and the lines that the designers had drawn out. I started with the side shot and to keep it simple and quick I just did the one shot. The owner let me know that I could return later to try others if I wanted. I’ll start with this for show and add a few more later to show the second set and other variations of the results.
54 degrees is pretty warm here today! It’s been darn cold around here for a while now and everyone I know is waiting for it to change back to something a bit more normal. I’m even tired of it and would like to come out of the cave and stretch my legs a bit. That gets me thinking about shooting again. Back out and on the road, looking for the places I’d put a car or a bike for a shot. A few years back, I was passing through Iowa and made a little time to make a few images from the landscapes. By themselves, they are nice. I’d like to try and get a Ferrari or a Ducati in the right spot. Those shots are tricky. I guess you call this location scouting.
This Eames Lounge Chair has been in my life since I was born. I have the receipt. My Dad paid $508 in October 1960. I have the chair now right outside my office next to the fire place. It’s worn in well since my brother and I spent a lot of time in it as kids in Dad’s office / TV room. The Design is classic and it’s possibly one of the most recognizable pieces if furniture in the world. When I sit in it, I feel as if I’m in a very comfortable race car.
Sundays are great days. Today’s a Sunday and I just looked to see how many days till the Summer Solstice. 125 days to go, or nearly 18 weeks. It’ll be just about too hot by then if history lets on about what we’re in for. Everybody’s different, so what do I know. Anyway, Sunday mornings in June are great days. It’s like theres extra time built in the morning and with a little bit of planning you can have some space that you don’t get at any other time of any other day. This is not LA, it’s Cincinnati Ohio. You can do, (photographically), some things in this area of the country you can’t in others. I’ve found bridges to be some very interesting backgrounds and on Sunday mornings you can use them for some great scenes. I’m not recommending you actually do this kind of stuff. I know that I was mostly just lucky I didn’t get into any kind of trouble. It was worth the shot.
I was astounded, no, flabbergasted yesterday to learn that 8 Corvettes on display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green KY, were eaten by yet another sinkhole! Having spent time there at the Museum over the years shooting cars for a few projects, I pondered what that must have been like. It’s a big room. Then I saw the surveillance camera footage and got to see just what it was like. Yikes!!!
So today I’ll post a few shots I did for a calendar way back in 1999 for the 2000 season. Long live the Dome and Spire.
It’s just the middle of February. We’ve got a bit more nasty weather coming our way I’m sure, it’s Ohio, just wait a little bit and we’ll have something a little more different than what we have now. What I do know, is that soon, maybe 6-8 weeks from now we’ll have the kind of weather that makes you “giddy”. You know what’s comin and it’s great to dream up the next Road Trip!
Each year I hit the road in search of the cars and the places I’ll photograph them. So many times I wish I had the car I was going to shoot well before I get there. There are so many places that deserve a red Ferrari or Porsche, Lamborghini, you name it, there are scenes every where I go. Here’s to hitting the road soon.