American Auto Icon The 57 Chevy Bel Air

Chevy Bel Air at the Beach

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range Two-Ten, and the One-Fifty. A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the “Delray” was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car’s image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The ’57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon

 

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Life is good when you head down to the beach for sunset, snap a few photographs of an American Bald Eagle chewing on a Sheep Head Fish, get chased out by no-seem-ums and catch a classic vintage red and white Chevy Bel Air parked right up on the sand.

With moments of light fading and the threat of the owner, keys in hand, wandering back towards his baby, the brain has to think fast. Settings, ISO, shutterspeed, composition, aperture, how angle the shot to keep that garbage can out of the frame, owner approaching just over the bend, yikes can I get it? Shots taken within moments and then the moment is gone. Car, beach, sky, captured. Post processing to bring out the car’s beauty along with the colors of the perfect evening at the beach.

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What a day dream to find such a beautiful car parked as if it was ready for a magazine shoot. One of those moments you can plan, you just have to be ready for these special life moments. Sure you could plan it. If you had a fashion spread budget, hired the car for the evening, had a light crew or perhaps a movie budget. But perhaps its somewhat easier to simply put yourself at the ready and in place for these moments of serendipity.

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Recently sold – 20.000″ x 13.375″ print of 1957 Chevy Bel Air to a buyer from Kenosha, WI.

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Bonus feature: Cars in the Wild

Somehow my path and these great old vintage cars seem to cross here in New England.

Lazy Summer Days at the Beach Cottage

After World War II, my grandfather built a small cottage in Chalker Beach, Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Due to the post-war shortages of raw material, he could only secure enough lumber for a garage sized building so that is what was built. A small cottage the size of a two car garage. One level with a bit of “attic” storage accessible via a built in wooden ladder. A small kitchen and dining area, tiny bathroom and small living room area. Two small bedrooms. One that barely fit a bunk bed and a dresser and the other with a built in bed that wasn’t full sized. Luckily the family wasn’t very tall.

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In the back there was an outside shower head for washing off sand and a small cement patio with egg crate sun shade. A maple tree grew in the back the eventually shaded the whole back yard and whose roots sucked up basically the whole lawn. There was a metal shed for the sand toys, life preservers, inflatable rafts and the lawn mower.

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Some how back in the day this humble little place was fine for the family and extended family to enjoy and cram in as many people over a summer weekend as there was floor space.

The beach was a quarter mile walk down the road with little red wagon full of beach chairs, towels, sunscreen, pails and buckets. Maybe a fishing pole or crab net.

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About three quarters of the way to the beach was the beach store. Each summer a new family would take over the store and try to make it work selling candy, milk and ice cream to the kids in the neighborhood. Seems like it would just cover the owners summer but nothing more and a different family would run it the next summer.

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The neighborhood would also get visited by various ice cream truck but we always save our money for the Vecchitto’s Italian Ice guy from Middletown. My dad would always tell us to have faith that he would come. Sometimes he wouldn’t make it to our beach until late afternoon. But even before dinner my Dad would let us get a lemon or watermelon or coconut Italian ice that would melt and drip out of these little paper cups that you’d suck the last drop out of before discarding.

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The family sold the Chalker Beach cottage after renting it out for years as we moved around in the army. My parents ended up over in Chapman Beach in Westbrook for a number of years. An upgrade place with more room and right on the beach until it became too much for them and they moved to Florida full time. But some of the extended family bought into Chalker Beach and we still have cousins enjoying small cottages like the one my grandfather built.

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1940s Sarasota Florida Trailer Park Inspires New Pop Art Series

Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print

With the nation still recovering from the Great Depression and entering the Second World War, it may have been a simpler time, but it surely wasn’t an easier time.

A new series of artwork by photographer and artist Edward M. Fielding sources classic black and white photographs by FSA government photographer Marion Wolcott.

Marion Post Wolcott is best known for the more than 9,000 photographs she produced for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1938 to 1942. This work is preserved at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

 

Famed for her most heartfelt photos in eastern Kentucky and poverty, Wolcott also managed to capture America at its most leisurely point in the trailer parks of Sarasota, Florida.  Here retirees and vacationers wash their cars, hang up laundry, come the beach for shells, play shuffle board, and lounge around soaking in the sun.

Fielding uses these images of leisure in his new series of Pop Art pieces in the Sarasota Series.

Sarasota Series Wash Day

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Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print
Sarasota Series Vintage Trailer Park Pop Art Canvas Print – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-vintage-trailer-park-pop-art-edward-fielding.html
Sarasota Series Beachcombers
Sarasota Series Beachcombers – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-beachcombers-edward-fielding.html

This art print series gives a modern pop art twist on Old Florida a will certainly add bright sunny colors and a bit of nostalgia to any modern decor in the form of canvas prints, metal, wood, or acrylic prints as well as framed an matted prints with your choice of hundreds of framing options. Throw pillows, tote bags, shower curtains and other products with these images are also available at the Sarasota Series gallery collection.

Sarasota Series Trailer Park Playground
Sarasota Series Playground http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/sarasota-series-trailer-park-playground-edward-fielding.html

 

Sarasota Series Wash The Car
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Edward M. Fielding
Fine Art Photography
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Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier and Sunset Photography Tips

Fort Myers Beach – A Great Spot to Capture a Sunset

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier at Sunset
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Let’s face it.  Sunsets with nothing more than miles of blank ocean to the horizon and then a ball of sun dropping into the sea are boring as hell.  Imagine a small child’s drawing of said sunset.  Not much better than the square house and lollipop tree crayon rendering.

Sunsets as an experience are wonderful with cocktail, glass of wine or beer in hand and your skins slowly feeling a sunburned memory of a fun filled day at the beach.  But as a photography subject, many a snap shot fails to capture the feeling of the moment.

As with any good landscape, the artist seeks to find strong elements for a complete composition of foreground, middle ground and background.  Too often snaps of a sunset have nothing but background which is why they fall flat in the intrigue, substance and interest levels.

Taking Fort Myers Beach as an example, the fishing pier makes a great point of interest for fantastic sunset photos.  Located on the western coast of Florida, this region of Florida makes for great sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

The trick is figuring out where the sunset will occur, finding a great foreground to add interest to the shot, set up your tripod and hope people stay out of your way, bracket your exposures and don’t forget to manual focus before you lose the light because your autofocus might not work in low light.

Also stick around after the actual sunset to get some amazing colors in the sky that only occur AFTER the sunsets.

See all of the Fort Myers Beach area photographs and artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fort+myers

General Sunset Photography Tips

Sunset Photography cheat sheet
Sunset photography cheat sheet

I like having my camera on a sturdy tripod for sunsets.  Take a exposure reading off the sky, set up your camera in manual and shoot away.  Look at the results in the LCD screen and examine the histogram.  Adjust your setting and fire away bracketing your shots to cover a wide exposure range.

Keep in mind that to create a stunning sunset you’ll need some great clouds.  A blank sky is going to be boring and often the sunset gets lost in low hanging clouds on the horizon so be prepared to revisit the same spot several times during your stay in the area.  Also stick around after the sun goes down in case the sky opens up.

Also take your white balance off of auto WB and put it on Daylight.  Auto will adjust for the warm tones and take away the colors you came to see!  Play around with the WB setting if you want to intensify the colors.

New! Vintage Beach House Decor

Custom frame vintage sea life decor
Custom frame vintage sea life decor

Introducing a new collection of vintage nautical sea life prints with sea shells, tall ships, crabs, sea horses and more.  Each design can be ordered frame and matted from our collection of hundreds of papers, mats and frames from rustic cottage to chic modern designs.

Custom beach house decor
Custom beach house decor

These nautical designs can be ordered as prints, framed wall art, canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints as well as rolled in a tube for framing locally or in your existing frames.  Products such as tote bags and throw pillows are also available.
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You can see the entire collection of “Art for the Beach House” including framed artwork, photographs, drawings, images as well as vintage artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/art+for+the+beach+house

Vintage Octopus Illustration
Vintage Octopus Illustration

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Weekender Totes Are Here!

Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation, or a weekend getaway. The tote is crafted with soft, spun soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric.

Cute Birds Weekender Tote
Cute Birds Weekender Tote
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Vintage Octopus
Vintage Octopus

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Also available at www.edwardfielding.com:

Canvas Prints

Framed Prints

Metal Prints

Acrylic Prints

Wood Prints

Prints

Posters

Greeting Cards

iPhone Cases

Galaxy Cases

Throw Pillows

Duvet Covers

Shower Curtains

Coffee Mugs

Tote Bags

T-Shirts

Men’s Apparel

Women’s Apparel

Round Beach Towels

Weekender Tote Bags

Portable Battery Chargers

Weekender Tote Bags

Carry-All Pouches

Beach Towels

Beach Sheets

Round Beach Towels

Portable Battery Chargers

 

Forsaken Dreams – Fine Art Photography

Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding

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Who doesn’t have a dream of owning a beach front cottage? Growing up my family owned a tiny cottage in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Build after World War II by my grandfather when there were restrictions on wood, he, like many of the neighbors building up after war, could only get enough lumber for a two-car garage sized cottage, so that is what he built.

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It was walking distance from the beach and hosted many an extended family gathering under its tiny roof. There was one bathroom, and outdoor shower, a small kitchen and two bedrooms with barely enough room for a dresser. One had a short home made bed platform (luckily my parents weren’t tall) and a bunk bed for the kids. Sliding door saved on floor space. There was a ladder up to the attic if anyone dared brave the heat up there.

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In the later years it even had a TV antenna, complete with a manual rotating controller that was used to dial in the one TV station that came in. My three siblings and my Mom all stayed there a few years while my father was stationed in Vietnam. Kind of incredible when I think about it. Later one summer we stayed there while my Dad worked and joined us on the weekends. My older sister was big fan of Love Boat reruns on that black and white TV and kept us all in the cottage until around 11 am when we could finally head down the street to the beach.

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“Forsaken Dreams” by Edward M. Fielding is a photograph of an abandoned fisherman’s cottage in the harbor at North Rustico on Prince Edward Island.  It’s a wonderful ruin of an old cottage listing to one side as it slowly sinks into the soft sand.  It must have been a powerful storm that started the slide and its amazing that the building still stands.  Every time I head back to Prince Edward Island I expect it to be gone, yet it survives.

Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding
Forsaken Dreams by Edward M. Fielding

The house didn’t rock. At least not in the same time frame of the deep sea fishing boat. After a week on the water anything that didn’t move was heaven on earth. Others join the little lonely house as the fishing village grew and fortunes of the hunting ground were discovered, exploited and depleted. Herring, cod, lobster, clams, mussels – bounty from the sea to be caught and shipped west to the city folks of St. John, Quebec, Montreal and even south by train to Boston and New York. Far away places with ways of life so foreign to the fishermen of Rustico.

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But the little house on the beach did roll with the sands of time. Gone were the rough seaman as time past and the stocks dwindled. Now city people came on holiday to play in the water, eat by the sea and hire fishermen to ferry them around for sport. The waves of the dunes rolled the little house in its perch, pitching it slowly off kilter, the winds ripping at is tar paper siding, the ground opening to swallow it whole.

Recently sold: Cab Fare to Maui – Yellow Cab on the Beach

Classic Yellow Cab Taxi on the Beach

Cab Fare to Maui
Cab Fare to Maui

“Cab Fare to Maui” is a fantasy, composite image of a classic yellow New York City taxi cab on the beaches of Maui, Hawaii.  Tropical ocean waves lap tires of the abandoned cab.

Cab Fare To Maui framed print by Edward Fielding.   Choose from hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/cab-fare-to-maui-edward-fielding.html

Yellow Cab Square
Yellow Cab Square

Also available, call Yellow Cab graphic in a square format.  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/yellow-cab-square-edward-fielding.html

The Yellow Cab Company was a taxicab company in Chicago which was founded in 1910 by John D. Hertz. In 1920 the Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company was formed to manufacture taxicabs.

Cab Fare To Maui Round Beach Towel
Cab Fare To Maui Round Beach Towel

“Cab Fare to Maui” came from a insistent daydream. Seems that every day its cold here in New Hampshire I find myself slipping back to the shores of Maui. If only it was as easy as hailing a cab, I’d find myself back on the sands of Big Beach, lounging the the foamy waves….I wonder…what would the cab fare be? – Edward Fielding

Yellow Cab on the Beach Tote
Yellow Cab on the Beach Tote

Besides fine art prints, Cab Fare to Maui is also available on beach blankets, round beach towels to share the sand, weekend tote bags, coffee mugs and more!

See the whole line of fine art prints and poster plus the products featuring this image at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/cab-fare-to-maui-edward-fielding.html

All products and prints come with a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee.

Woman in the Dunes Watch the Full Movie

Woman in the Dunes

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I recall seeing “Woman in the Dunes” as part of a film festival at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. My foggy memory of this Japanese film recalls it being black and white and having very little dialog. Very much a sixties film.

“Entomologist Niki Jumpei (Eiji Okada) misses the last bus home when exploring for insects in a series of sand dunes, and is persuaded by local villagers to spend the night in a house at the bottom of the sandpit. An unnamed young widow (Kyôko Kishida) lives there alone, forced by the villagers to dig the sand that they sell to nearby cities for construction. Enslaved to dig sand alongside the widow, Niki plots his escape even as he adapts to his imprisonment.”

My version features a more fun Woman of the Dunes, getting ready to play in the sand rather than toil.

Suna No Onna | Woman of the Dunes (1964). Splendid, resonant allegorical drama. A scientist studying insects in the Japanese sand dunes finds himself trapped with a woman in a hut at the bottom of a pit. Superbly directed and photographed (by Hiroshi Segawa). Scripted by Kobo Abe from his acclaimed novel. In Japanese with English subtitles. JP Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui, Hiroko Ito, Sen Yano; Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara; W: Kobe Abe; C: Hiroshi Segawa; M: Toru Takemitsu. Cannes ’64: Grand Jury Prize.

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Movie classics like Woman in the Dunes reminds me of great old time movie houses like the Empire Theater in Livingston, Montana. The New State Theater was opened in 1935 as a single-screen movie house with 685 seats. By 1950, it was known as the State Theater.

It has been divided into two auditoriums and is now known as the Empire Twin Theater. It shows first-run films, and has a wonderful Streamline Moderne facade and marquee, with a vertical sign on top of the triangular marquee.

A later, rectangular-shaped sign, somewhat 1960’s or 1970’s-looking in appearance, has been added to the middle of the vertical with the word ‘Empire’ inside.

Or the Paramount Theater in Boston. The Paramount opened in 1932 as a 1700-seat, single-screen movie theatre. It was one of the first movie houses in Boston to play talking motion pictures. The theatre was named after its original owner, Paramount Pictures. It closed in 1976 and most of the Art Deco interior decoration was destroyed in the 1980s during the removal of asbestos.

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Enjoy the Show!
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Tiki’s Maui Hawaii Adventure

Photographs from Maui Hawaii

A sneak peak at the collection of Maui Hawaii photographs in the Hawaii gallery of photographer Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com).

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Photographs from Maui, Hawaii, introduced by the famous Tiki the Westie.  Tiki is all decked out for his tropical vacation to the sunny island beaches, mountains and waterfalls of Maui, Hawaii.

Tiki might seem familiar to you as the supermodel who appeared in the book “The Quotable Westie” available on Amazon.

More funny westie photographs –
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The photographs of surf board fences, beautiful island beaches, life guard stations and more are available from the portfolio called “The Last Resort” by Edward M. Fielding.  You can order framed art, canvas prints, metal prints, cards and more here:

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/hawaii

All orders come with an 30 day money back guarantee and are printed and framed to museum standards by a firm that has been doing business with artists for over 30 years.

The Maui Hawaii photographs complement the images of surfing and surfers that has been a theme in my work over the years from surfing breaks at Rye Beach in New Hampshire to the shores of California, to the waters off of Hawaii where I was born.

Choose your favorite surfing canvas prints, framed prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, duvet covers, t-shirts, and more from  available designs.  You can choose the style, background, mat, frame, and more to create one of a kind artwork that matches your home or office.

Search for “hawaii”, “maui”, “surfing”, “westies”, “dogs”, “Tiki”, “beach” or whatever you like.  With over 4,000 images in the collection you are sure to find something perfect for yourself or as a gift.