Two curious things about photographers. One is they typically love old stuff. Its probably the attraction to wonderful old textures involving rusty old metal and gray, cracked wood. The other thing is photographers typically have a few secret spots they like to photograph. Places they can return again and again to photograph with a fresh set of eyes and with a different season of weather.
One of my “secret” spots is conveniently next to the “Listen” thrift shop that serves the needy in the Upper Valley as well as providing this photographer with a lot of inexpensive props and costumes. Next to a auto body shop lies this great collection of old vintage cars, many of them from the 1920 and 30s, simply sitting there quietly rusting.
I don’t know too much about the wonders of auto restoration but my guess is that these cars might one day find a new life, simply as parts for as a full restoration. They have a certain beauty to them even under all of the weathering and rust.
This particular shot of the old car under a blanket of snow is one of my personal favorites. I have a 16×16 framed image of this one in my home and it just “pops” out of the wall. A friend was over the other day and asked if it was somehow 3D. Fine Art America did a fantastic job printing and framing it.
The line up of wonderful old cars as well as the easy access to the spot makes this a special place for this photographer.
Fortunately, the Internet has made the art of restoring cars more accessible than ever. Many companies offer parts online for older and obsolete vehicles. Weekend mechanics also have access to all kinds of guides and expert advice on restoration. So, maybe one day these great old cars will one day drive again.