Fine art photography of an old Hudson vintage automobile

Old Abandoned Hudson Vintage Car

From 1909 to 1954 the Detroit automobile company known as the Hudson Motor Car Company build and sold Hudson and other brand automobiles.  After 1954 Hudson merged with the  Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors (AMC). The Hudson name was continued through the 1957 model year.

1955 Hudson Wasp
1955 Hudson Wasp

This old wreck of a car is still striking in its design despite the missing headlight and well worn paint, which looks incredible in this high resolution black and white fine art print.

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I found this old Hudson on a side lot of an automobile repair facility in a section of White River Junction slated for some “urban renewal”.  Office buildings along the White River were pushing out the car repair business and their collection of project cars which dotted the lot across from the Listen charity thrift store.

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What really drew me to this old wreck of a car in the snow was the roundness of the hood, fenders and grill.  You just don’t see such sensual curves on cars anymore.

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From this selective color photo of the old Hudson, you can see the state of the paint after what must have been years in a barn or out in a farm field.

1940 Hudson Sedan
1940 Hudson Sedan

The 1940 Hudson had looked strikingly new. A broad grille of seven horizontal louvers spanned from fender to fender, and the fenders themselves were an outgrowth of the body, not bulbous lumps connected to the body by a catwalk as on General Motors’ cars. A sharp crease headlined the prow, on a hood hinged to open from the rear, a Hudson feature introduced the previous year.

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As you can see in comparing my photograph of the old wreak of a Hudson, the headlight is missing as well as the fender and a lot of the trim.  What remains is the curvy hood and wheel wells as well as the distinctive grill of seven bars on each side.

Hudson for 1940 Ad
Hudson for 1940 Ad

For 1940 Hudson introduced coil spring independent front suspension, aircraft style shock absorbers mounted within the front springs and true center-point steering on all its models, a major advance in performance among cars in this price range.

The New 1940 Hudson Country Club
The New 1940 Hudson Country Club
1940 Hudson Car Ad
1940 Hudson Car Ad

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I’m kind of sad thinking of my long lost friend the 1940 Hudson in the empty lot.  One day the lot was cleared the old service station leveled, to be replaced with new office buildings.  Never did know where these old cars went after that.

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Edward M. Fielding is a fine art photographer working primarily in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.  You can see his work and purchase prints, canvas, wood, metal, acrylic and frame and matted artwork from his online portfolio at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car

Until the Cows Come Home – Classic Vermont Scene

Vermont Fine Art Photography

A classic rural Vermont scene, an old vintage car, rusting in a field with cows grazing in the pasture behind it.  Fine art Vermont photography by Edward M. Fielding.

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Available as prints, framed and matted museum quality ready to hang artwork, canvas, metal, wood or acrylic prints as well as on products.  See the entire collection of Vermont Fine Art Photography here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont 

Did you know?

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds. In ratio of cows to people,Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country. Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Vermont’s largest employer isn’t Ben and Jerry’s, it’s IBM.

Top Classic Ford Mustang Fine Art Photographs and Artwork

Classic Ford Mustang in the barn

Ford Mustang fine art photographs and artwork available for purchase as prints, framed art work, canvas, and products such as blankets and tote bags.
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  • The Ford Mustang is a very popular American sports car built by the Ford Motor Company beginning in 1964.
  • The first cars were built in Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan factory on March 9 of that year and the car was first shown to the public on April 17 at the New York World’s Fair.
  • It did not cost a lot of money, but it was still very fancy and looked like a much more expensive car.
  • People could order their Mustang with many options and body styles, such as a convertible, 2+2 (fastback), or coupe.
  • Many different engines were available, from the 170 CID six-cylinder to some of Ford’s biggest and most powerful V-8 engines in later years. This meant car buyers could have a Mustang that saved gas or a more powerful and fast car.
  • More than one million Mustangs were sold in only two years. The Mustang is still being sold today and is still very popular. It was so popular and so different when it was introduced that the Mustang and other cars from other makers which looked like the Mustang were given the name “ponycar.”

Abandoned New Hampshire – Fine art photographs of the forgotten

Abandoned Factory in New Hampshire

Abandoned New Hampshire – All over New Hampshire are relics of the past. Forgotten and abandoned farm equipment, farms, house, barns, sugar shacks, outbuildings, outhouses, cars, cemeteries and sometimes even whole towns.

Left to decay and rot away. Sometimes its a new opportunity that causes people to leave it all behind. Other times is just the convenience, lack of zoning or the lack of the concept of a town landfill and recycling. Sometimes it is a death or a bankruptcy or a stock market downturn.

Redneck Landscaping
View out the back porch – Redneck Landscaping

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The Abandoned Garage Full of Old Cars

Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire
Old abandoned car dealership in Weare New Hampshire – fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding

This relic from the past sits in front of an old Ford dealership in Weare, New Hampshire.

“I’ve been told the building you see there was built in 1930 and replaced one that burned down. The business was started by Maurice Grant in 1919 in an old grist mill. Later Maurice’s brother Leon took over the business and Maurice went on to become the owner of State Motors in Manchester…it was called “South Weare Garage”, the first Ford dealership in New Hampshire; this dealership was chartered by Henry Ford himself, who visited Weare on more than one occasion.”

The Former Woolen Factory

Fine art photography of an abandoned factory
The former Hartford Woolen Mill in Newport, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

This abandoned former woolen mill is now serving as a canvas for the local rural New Hampshire aspiring graffiti artists.

Currently a brownsfield site being monitored by NH Environmental Services.  The 3.8-acre site is the location of an abandoned 19th century woolen mill building approximately 12,000 square feet in size. Several wooden roof beams of the former mill building have rotted, and the building is in a general state of disrepair. The site was most recently owned by the late Christi Ambargis. Ambargis acquired title to the property from the Hartford Woolen Company in January 1960. Ambargis held title to the property until his death in 1996, at which time the property passed to his wife. She renounced and
relinquished any ownership of the property due to considerable tax liens levied against it for non-payment of taxes, and potential liability for the clean-up and remediation of environmental contamination. In 2000, a tax deed certified the town as the site owner.

Ambargis reportedly collected used oil from various sources and stored the material at the site for intended use in a fuel-blending project.

Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding
Abandoned Truck in New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

Abandoned Train Bridge

Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire
Old Train Bridge Newport New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

When railroads go bankrupt, their track beds and bridges are usually forfeited and sit idle until the state decides that no new train is coming anytime soon and they are turned into multi-use trails for hiking, skiing, biking, ATVs and snowmobiling.

The old Concord to Claremont Line follows the Sugar River and has an impressive array of steel truss and wooden covered bridges along its section between Newport and Claremont.

The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont.  Currently The Claremont and Concord Railroad now operates on a short line between Claremont Junction on the main line to Claremont. 9 miles (14 km) of the line between Claremont and Newport is now the Sugar River Recreational Rail Trail, owned and managed by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.

Abandoned Farm Equipment

Abandoned farm equipment can be found all over New Hampshire, even in the middle of the woods with trees growing through them.  You look around at the forest and think, how the heck did this get here?  Yet in 40 or 50 years a cleared farm field can revert to forest erasing all traces of the farm save for the stone walls and rusty old farm equipment.

People salvage these old rusty plows and haying equipment for garden ornaments but it can be dangerous trying to pry some of this old stuff from the forest’s grip.  A few years back a guy trying to salvage some old equipment from the woods died.  He got cut in half when the equipment gave way  expectantly and his winch yanked part of a hay baler into his midsection.

Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm
Old Abandoned Tractor at Muster Field Farm

Old barns, sheds, and sugar shacks are also commonly found all over rural New Hampshire.

Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding
Old Abandoned Shack by Edward M. Fielding

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Out of the Past – Vintage Car Photography by Edward M. Fielding

Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding
Out of the Past by Edward M. Fielding

One of my personal favorite photographs.  This classic old car was parked in a lot just over the Connecticut River from West Lebanon, New Hampshire in White River Junction Vermont.

It is gone now.  Moved somewhere unknown as the auto repair business that occupied the lot and stored its “future projects” cars has pushed out by a new development and a new bridge.  Suddenly “down by railroad tracks” was suddenly valuable property as the state installed a new bridge and the economy improved.

Glad I could capture this image while it existed.  And I revisited the same spot in different seasons over the year.  This winter scene with the snow and selective color is one of my favorite within the series.

Old Car Coffee Mug
Old Car Coffee Mug

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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.

Vintage Automobile Photography

Vintage Automobiles

Classic vintage car photography by Edward M. Fielding featuring great old cars captured in their natural environment.  Available as prints, museum quality framed and matted artwork, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints as well as products such as tote bags and throw pillows.  See the entire collection at:  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car

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Old Ford Model T Woodie
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Vintage Corvette Sting Ray In Vineyard
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Old Hudson in the Snow
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Old Junker Car by Edward M. Fielding
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Yellow Cab Square

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Cruise Night At the Diner
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The Old Red Truck

I can faithfully say that I’ve never seen an old vintage red truck that I didn’t like. I don’t think my car can physically drive past an old red truck. Call it an obsession or some thing primal but I just love the look of old red farm trucks, especially found the wild.

Old Red Farm Truck Framed
Framed print of the old red truck by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-red-ford-pickup-edward-fielding.html

It can be a completely restored, freshly waxed, just pulled out of the garage beauty or an aged, weathered and rusty old relic in a field. I just love the look of these vintage old workhorses.

If I had the money, my next prop purchase would be an old red farm truck that I could drive around and place in the country landscapes that surround my area.  Forget about the prop guns, skulls, baskets, suitcases etc that I use, I’d be happy to transport them all around in my old red truck.

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Of course I know nothing about cars so that might be a problem.  Although I do understand that these old cars are much simpler than today’s computer driven vehicles so maybe it wouldn’t be such a problem to maintain it.

Even better would be to meet someone who owns a great old truck and would enjoy driving around the area parking it in the perfect spots for me to photograph.  Anyone out there in the Upper Valley who owns a great old vehicle and meets this description? 😉

Red Neck Moving Day
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Photographing Vintage Cars in the Wilds of New England

Meanwhile I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled and find them “in the wild” as I call it.  Not in a car show but out in the open in their natural environments.

Sounds crazy right?  Finding a beautiful old vintage car parked in the perfect spot ready to be photographed?  Well luck favors the prepared and I’ve been lucky on a number of occasions.  Partly because I’m out photographing a lot and partly because there are lot of great old cars still knocking about in New England at least when the weather is good.  Something about Yankee thrift I suppose which as kept these old cars in top condition and stored away from the elements.

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Then and Now – a 1941 Hudson Coupe

The Old 1940s Hudson Coupe

Back in the day, any one with a bunch of extra cash could jump into the brand new automobile industry. Numerous brands of cars started and were later gobbled up by a trend in consolidation of the auto industry. One of those early brands was “Hudson”, started by Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of Hudson’s department store, who bankrolled and gave the name to the company.

The Hudson Motor Car Company made Hudson and other brand automobiles in Detroit, Michigan, from 1909 to 1954. In 1954, Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors (AMC).

One of the stand out cars from Hudson was this 1941 beautiful coupe.

Restored 1941 Hudson Coupe
Restored 1941 Hudson Coupe

Wandering around White River Junction, Vermont one day I spotted an old wreck of a 1941 Hudson Coupe in a lot full of old junkers in various states of decay.  Some serious restoration work would have to be done to get this car back into any shape resembling the original.

1941 Hudson Coupe Unrestored
1941 Hudson Coupe Unrestored

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Even in this snow covered lot, with weeds growing through the floor boards, the missing headlights and the tarnished chrome and rusty body, the beauty of the lines of this old classic car showed through.

I visited this spot in a variety of season, each time I was attracted to the curves of the old Hudson.

Old Hudson in the Snow
Old Hudson in the Snow

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Old Hudson Car Fall Foliage
Old Hudson Car Fall Foliage

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I returned to the lot on a number of occasions over the years but then a new bridge was put in between White River Junction and West Lebanon right near this lot and the auto repair place next to it was taken down to make way for some office buildings, so the cars disappeared.

Seen Better Days
Seen Better Days by Edward M. Fielding

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I keep my eye out for that old Hudson and its companion the old Plymouth as well as the old Ford and other cars that sat in that lot waiting for the right time or person to restore them to their former glory or donate their parts for some project or another.

Old Junker Car by Edward M. Fielding
Old Junker Car by Edward M. Fielding

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About the Artist

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

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Many of the images featured here on Fine Art America are available for rights managed licensing for book covers and other projects from Arc Angel Images – http://tinyurl.com/aww2wzl
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