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
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.
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.
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? 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.
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” 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
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!
I have to admit it. I went to Italy and fell in love with the classic Fiat 500. We’ve started to see the redesigned modern version here in the United States but over in Rome, Florence and other Italian cities, seeing classic, vintage Fiat 500s in their native habit was a treat for the eyes.
Tiny little old Fiat 500s with appropriate scratches and small dents snuggled up against the curbs, squeezed in between Vespas motor scooters, delivery vans and crates full of eggplants and milk in front of an Italian restaurant with the smell of simmering tomato sauce and parked on top of ancient cobble stone streets was simply heaven.
I did this pop art version of the Fiat 500 above with bold colors and a black background in a square format.
I also have this bright purple version of a Fiat 500 parked on the street as well as this graphic design illustration for t-shirts, sweatshirts, throw pillows and more. You can even choose the background color.
The Fiat 500 (Italian: Cinquecento, Italian pronunciation: [ˌtʃiŋkweˈtʃɛnto]) is a rear-engine two-door, four passenger city car manufactured and marketed by Fiat Automobiles from 1957 to 1975 over a single generation in coupé and station wagon body styles.
Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, a cheap and practical town car. Measuring 2.97 metres (9 feet 9 inches) long, and originally powered by 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 is considered one of the first city cars.
In 2007, the 50th anniversary of the Nuova 500’s launch, Fiat launched another new 500, stylistically inspired by the 1957 Nuova 500, featuring a front-mounted engine and front-wheel drive.
Fiat 500 photographs, paintings and artwork by Edward M. Fielding can be purchased as prints, canvas, metal prints as well as on products such as tote bags, pillows and more from www.edwardfielding.com and edward-fielding.pixels.com. All work carries a money back guarantee.
Driving around Prince Edward Island after dinner with a car full of teenagers, I spotted this row of beautiful old antique tractors lit with incredible light from the setting sun. Now in these situations I have to make a calculation in my head within seconds. First is there anyone behind me before I slam on the brakes, second is there any where to pull over and third am I ready for the complaints from the passengers who really just want to get to our destination.
Believe me there are so many times I’m happy to ignore the protests! In photography, the photographer does rely on a lot of serendipitous moments but these moments favor the prepared. Its all about always looking for photograph opportunities and then having the skills to be able to pull the image off.
Make Your Own Luck
1. Learning to see images
2. Always having a camera on hand
3. Practicing constantly
4. Giving yourself opportunities
5. Returning to locations
6. Taking advantage of good light
7. Working quickly and with purpose
8. Making not taking photographs
9. Putting yourself in front of interesting subjects.
10. Walking for driving down that unknown street.
The lighthouse photograph above came about over years of revisiting the same area. Conditions were “lucky” on this occasion of going back to the same area and exploring it thoroughly to capture the best light, the best clouds, the best angle etc. More hard work than luck. The lucky part is when the sun and clouds cooperated.
Luck and Photography
It has been said that photography is the art form where luck matters most. True enough. And anyone can get that one lucky shot in their life time. But when you look over the career of a great photographer and start seeing one “lucky” shot after another, you start to realize there has to be a bit of planning behind all of those lucky shots.
This “storm chaser” shot below was very lucky. Probably lucky I didn’t get killed. But I didn’t go chasing a wall cloud, the storm came to us. I took this shot from the porch of a little cottage we rented on Prince Edward Island. Lucky, although I was prepared with my tripod and camera equipment.
MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT skilled photographers, but if you’ve taken enough pictures in your life, you’ve surely turned up some good ones — a snapshot or two that made you think, “Maybe I have a knack for this.” – Boston Globe
Lucky Shots Take Time
People just starting out in photography look at great photos and have a desire to create the same amazing photograph right away. The problem is looking at a small sample of a photographers lifetime of work. Keep in mind that you are looking at the best of a photographer’s portfolio over a long period of time. Luck will present itself within a long time frame. Play blackjack, roulette, the lottery or slot machines long enough and you will win at some point.
Same with photography. Invest the time and energy to create your own luck and it will happen.
Sometimes luck comes in the form of a vintage car parked in the exact right spot at the exact time you happen to be there with your camera.
I don’t know what it is but I see Model T Ford’s every where in my travels. I guess I just live in Model T Ford territory.
What I do know that central New Hampshire has a rather active local chapter of the Model T Clubs of America. So I’m probably running into members all the time such as this beauty spotted in front of the Danbury Country Store:
And this other Model T pickup just down the road which I believe has been restored by the same craftsman.
Member Warren Henderson posted this front seat video of one of the clubs rides.
I’ve run into the club at the Canterbury Shaker Village where the background of historic buildings made for the most perfect, movie set like background to highlight the beautifully restored Model T and Model A cars.
I ran into this cool Model T Ford on 4A in Wilmont, New Hampshire:
But is not just in New Hampshire where I’ve spotted these great old historic Ford cars. I’ve seen them on the island of Maui, Hawaii being engulfed by tropical jungle plants:
And on the side of the road in Vermont:
About the Ford Model T:
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T‑Model Ford, ‘Model T Ford’, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting. The Ford Model T was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll.
The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908 and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.
There were several cars produced or prototypes by Henry Ford from the founding of the company in 1903 until the Model T came along. Although he started with the Model A, there were not 19 production models (A through T); some were only prototypes. The production model immediately before the Model T was the Model S, an upgraded version of the company’s largest success to that point, the Model N. The follow-up was the Ford Model A (rather than any Model U). Company publicity said this was because the new car was such a departure from the old that Henry wanted to start all over again with the letter A.
The above video highlights some of my car photography and highlights the ultimate car photography, capturing great vintage cars in their natural environment rather than parked at a car show covered with signs, awards and coffee cups.
This old Model T was spotted in the Danbury, New Hampshire area. I talked to the restorer for a bit at the Danbury Country Store (currently closed as the owner was arrested for selling drugs). He was also showing off his completely finished show stopper Model T pick up in front of store.
After years of photographing, I’ve come to the conclusion that you can make your own luck. If you pursuit photography with intent, keep your eyes sharp and your mind open to possibilities you’l come across scenes like this waiting to be captured.
I just happened by the Danbury Country Store in Danbury New Hampshire while a man who restores old cars had stopped to shoot the breeze with is buddies. The old car in front of the old historic country store just made for a scene right out of history. Ford Model T pickup truck.
An old classic up near Stowe, Vermont outside a Cider Mill.
A classic Corvette Stingray at a local car show at the Lebanon, New Hampshire at the airport.
A classic Ford Edsel parked near the railroad tracks in East Haddam, CT.
Classic Cadillacs lined up by year at the Annual Caddy Convention, held this time at Lake George, NY.
An old junker car spotted in the Upper Valley region of Vermont.
Model of a 57 Chevy Bel Air sedan.
Classic Cadillac fins at Lake George, NY.
This old vintage car parking lot used to be in White River Junction but now the area has a new bridge and a row of office buildings. These old cars were patiently waiting restoration.
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle is the subject for this variety of artwork featuring the people’s car.
The Volkswagen Beetle (officially the Volkswagen Type 1, informally in Germany the Volkswagen Käfer and in the U.S. as Volkswagen Bug) is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.
These photographs and art pieces are available to purchase in a variety of ways as VW Beetle wall art as well as on products such as tote bags, throw pillows and more.
Framed and matted, posters, prints, as well as canvas prints, acrylic prints and metal prints are available.
In 1925, an 18-year old Hungarian technology student, Bela Barenyi submitted a chassis design for a “Volkswagen” in 1925 and is credited with having conceived the basic design for the VW Beetle.
Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian automotive engineer who is best known for creating the Volkswagen Beetle after he received a contract from Hitler to build prototypes in 1934.
Production started in 1938 and Adolf Hitler used the name “KdF-Wagen” (“Kraft durch Freude” meaning “Strength through Joy”) for the automobile developed by Ferdinand Porsche, but the public at-large settles on a name by calling it the “Volkswagen” (people’s car)
On 3rd July 1938, The New York Times newspaper used the nickname “Beetle” for the very first time, referring to “Porsche’s People’s Car”.
In 1949, the Beetle Convertible went into production and in 1950, the Beetle became the best-selling car of the decade with a market share of around 40%.
On 17th Feb 1972, with 15,007,034 vehicles produced, the Beetle broke the record held by the legendary “Tin Lizzy” from Ford Motor Company to become the new world champion. The Beetle was the first car in the world to sell over 20 million units and remained the most built Volkswagen ever until 2002 when it was overtaken by the Volkswagen Golf.
The Beetle first arrived in the UK in 1952, imported by British servicemen stationed in Germany; in 1964 the 100,000th Beetle was imported into Britain and in 1971 the 14 millionth Beetle arrived in Britain!
The classic Beetle was manufactured from 1938 to 2003 – an incredible 65 years! Making the VW Beetle the longest produced vehicle in history. During this time, 21,529,464 Beetles were built.
Shells of the last two Beetles made in Germany are protected in wax and housed at Volkswagens Milton Keynes parts store.
One of the most famous Volkswagen Beetles is the race car from the Herbie movies. The white #53 is one of the most popular paint schemes for our bug!
“Off Road Trucker” is a popular photograph by Edward M. Fielding sold on Fine Art America and Pixels
Recently a buyer from Ooltewah, TN purchase the above framed and matted, 24.000″ x 16.000″ print of Off Road Trucker. Each sale is customized. The buyer can simply purchase a print and frame it themselves for choose from a wide selection of mats and frames to customize the print for their decor and have our professional framers take care of all the details.
The framers we use have been framing for the artist and gallery community for over 30s years. Other options include canvas wraps, metal and acrylic prints.
Feedback from a customer of this print: “Absolutely brilliant product and quick delivery, would definitely recommend it to anyone.” — John Dawes
Behind The Scenes
Off Road Trucker was the result of serendipity. Typically I’ll set out with a photographic destination in mind and typically find more interesting subjects along the journey. This semi-tractor trailer truck was parked not far from a covered bridge in the Cornish area of New Hampshire. When I saw the unreal situation of a big semi truck parked in the woods, I knew I had something interesting. Post processing with some high dynamic range and dynamic contrast effects brought out a three dimensional quality to the rather bizarre imagery.
This image has been purchase as framed artwork as well as been ordered on products such as cell phone cases.
“Off Road Trucker” – Semi-Tractor Trailer truck in the woods of New Hampshire with fall foliage.
Photography by Edward M. Fielding