- 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.”
Fiat 500 – I’ll admit it. I have a thing for these cute little classic Fiat cars. I photographed them all over Italy on a tour that took me from Rome to Florence with stops in Lucca, Volterra and Cinque Terre. Although Cinque Terra was not good for spotting these cars as cars aren’t allowed down the antique streets!
Sure the treasures built by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Renaissance artists were the main event but for me so was the Vespas and vintage Fiats parked in the cobble stone streets for down some impossibly tight alley way.
Imagine the joy of finding a single classic vintage Fiat parked all by itself in front of an ancient wall full of hundreds of years worth of patina! No doubt the same type of thrill in seeing the old cars in Cuba in the old town sections.
Often these FIat finds were simply a little car squeezed in among the Vespa scooters or parked in front of a business as tourist attraction.
Amazing to think such a car, built for economy, sold cheaply, could still be serviceable after so many years of use.
Classic Fiat 500 of all colors waiting to be discovered across Italy.
The Fiat 500 was a rear-engine two-door, four seat, small city car manufactured and marketed by Fiat Automobiles from 1957 to 1975 over a single generation in 2-door saloon and 2-door station wagon body styles.
In 1949, Fiat released the front engine Fiat 500 economy car to meet the demands of the post-war market. It had a 2-door coupe body with sun-roof, which was later complemented by an Estate version. Both continued until 1954 when they were replaced by an all-new, lighter car. The new car had a rear-mounted engine, on the pattern of the Volkswagen Beetle, just like its bigger brother the 1955 Fiat 600.
Fiat artwork and fine art photographs in the form of fine art prints, framed artwork, canvas prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints as well as products such as t-shirts, tote bags, fleece blankets, cell phone cases, duvets, throw pillows, shower curtains and more can be found here:
The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.
Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.
John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.
Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.
A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.
Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.
To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.
Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.
Beautiful vintage tractor photography by Edward M. Fielding. See the entire portfolio of vintage tractor photographs and artwork available as prints, greeting cards, framed artwork, canvas, metal, wood, acrylic museum quality artwork with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Vintage tractors photographed by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. “I don’t think I can drive past an old tractor in the field, up by the barn or resting in the back forty without stopping to take a photograph.” says New Hampshire based photographer Edward M. Fielding. “The amazing machine’s are the lifeblood of the farm. Farmers use them for all sorts of chores around the farm, basically taking the place of oxen of old, and unlike the family car hidden away from the elements in the garage, these machine often spend their life out doors getting dirty and grimy. Getting rained on, snowed on and so on but they continue to faithfully do the work around the farm for decades if not for generations. Lots of personality can be found in these old machines.”
Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of farm life around New England and Upstate New York by photographer Edward M. Fielding featuring scenes of country and rural life including landscapes, barns, farms, agricultural scenes, livestock, buildings, farm houses, crops, fields, silos, back roads, country lanes and everyday life in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York and beyond. Edward M. Fielding is an award winning artist whose fine art photography can be seen Internationally on the pages of magazines and book covers as well as in galleries and private collections in the New England region.
Over 4,500 images from Edward M. Fielding are also available as framed and matted artwork, metal prints, canvas prints and more via his portfolio on Pixels.com at: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/
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
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.
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.
Recently sold – 20.000″ x 13.375″ print of 1957 Chevy Bel Air to a buyer from Kenosha, WI.
Bonus feature: Cars in the Wild
Somehow my path and these great old vintage cars seem to cross here in New England.
“Winter in Vermont” is a watercolor treated photograph from the Brattleboro, Vermont area that depicts a classic red wood frame period farm house among sugar maple trees under a blanket of winter snow. An idyllic landscape that can still be seen in the villages of Vermont.
“Winter in Vermont” by Edward M. Fielding can be purchased as matted and framed wall art decor in 100s of combinations of framing choices and mats or you can purchase this image as a print rolled in a tube in a variety of fine art papers.
The image can also be purchased as a canvas, wood, metal or acrylic print of museum quality that is ready to hang. It can also be purchased as a greeting card or custom Christmas card, tote bag, phone case, throw pillow, towel, shower curtain and more.
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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Coffee at the Diner
“Draw one – a cup of mud”
“Draw one in the dark”
“Pair of drawers”
“Blonde and sweet”
Diner Coffee – How ever you order your coffee at the diner, you’ll know the diner waitress will always be back for a frequent top off of hot joe.
Diner Memories – I recently sold this photograph of a traditional diner cup of coffee in a classic diner to to a buyer from Hendersonville, TN.. The New England area still has a lot of classic diners in use, many of them from the Worchester Diner Company such as one in the photo.
Shot at the Four Aces Diner in Lebanon, New Hampshire in the original 1952 Worcester Diner Car number 837. If you are in the area, you have to try their Red Flannel Hash – so good!
We love diners and breakfast all day, so when ever we are traveling around and spot a diner, we’ll stop in for a Western omelette or eggs over easy. Luckily we’ve been able to find them all over the country. I have a full section in my portfolio just of diner photographs.
New Hampshire is simply classic diner fan heaven with so many classic diners spread around the state! Here is a check list of diners to experience the next time you are traveling around New Hampshire:
752 NH Route 104
New Hampton, NH 03256Airport Diner
2280 Brown Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103
The Bacon Barn
Coffee Pot Restaurant
Cross Roads Diner
DaddyPops Tumble Inn Diner
The D.W. Diner
Fast Eddie’s Diner
Four Aces Diner
Four Seasons Diner
Hollis Market Place Diner
The Lebanon Diner
Marcus P’s Diner Plus
|Margie’s Dream Diner
172 Hayward Street
Manchester, NH 03103Miss Wakefield Diner
7 Windy Hollow Road
Wakefield, NH 03872
Moe Joe Country Diner
Norton’s Classic Cafe
Pink Cadillac Diner
Plain Jane’s Diner
Poor Boy’s Diner
Red Arrow Diner – Manchester
Red Arrow Diner – Milford
Remember When Diner
South Side Diner
Sunny Day Diner
We’ve haven’t even hit all of the diners in the state of New Hampshire but we’ve certainly been to our fair share in Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine as well as more far reaching spots in Montana, Florida and even diners in Canada.
My wife Wendy and I even “starred” in a TV commercial filmed in a diner on Prince Edward Island for the Atlantic Lottery. There I am at 27 seconds getting my 12% piece of the pie! Yum!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.