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

Classic Fiat artwork for sale as prints and products

Classic Red Fiat Artwork

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Amazing to think such a car, built for economy, sold cheaply, could still be serviceable after so many years of use.

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Classic Fiat 500 of all colors waiting to be discovered across Italy.

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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:

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My Old Press Camera

Vintage Press Camera

My very first “online” purchase was made on AOL.  Remember “you’ve got mail”?  Back in the very early days of online, before the full blown Internet experience, we had bulletin boards and AOL.

I used to dial up the Boston University library with my dial in modem.  Call the specific phone number and listen to the squeaks and buzzes of the modem in order to search the stacks for a book, all with nothing more than text scrolling.

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Then AOL came along and added some graphics to the experience and provided their own bulletin board type features.  One of the more popular ones was used camera dealers selling used camera equipment.

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I got it in my mind that I wanted to get into large format cameras.  The most inexpensive way was to purchase an old 4×5 film press camera.  The kind Weegee used to cover accidents and crime scenes.  The kind you see in the period movies with all of the flash bulbs going off.

Eventually I picked up a enlarger type set up that allowed one to turn the camera into an enlarger.  And later switched from sheet film to a Polaroid Type 55 back.   It was an expensive setup.  Each shot cost about $5 but the Polaroid Type 55 film was great.  It produced a black and white negative that was processed in water as well as a positive.

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The only thing was you had to over expose the positive in order to get a great negative but the negative has amazing dynamic range.  The other negative was that I didn’t have a quality 4×5 darkroom setup, so most of my shots never really were seen beyond some contact prints.

I still hang on to the old Graflex camera hoping some day sensors will become cheap enough that I can use it again – digitally.

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Graflex was a manufacturer that gave its brand name to several models of camera.  Graflex was known for the quintessential press camera, the Speed Graphic which was manufactured for over 60 years, and was used by most of the photojournalists in the first half of the 20th century.

Can you imagine a modern camera being manufactured and sold for 60 years?  They are lucky these days to get six months out of a new camera before it is considered old!

 

Trainspotting – Rail Fanning and Photographing Old Trains and Railroads

Fine art train photography by Edward M. Fielding

Trainspotting is a short video highlighting the train photography of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  More train art can be found at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/train

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This old railroad switcher engine was spotted in the repair facilities at the Essex Connecticut Valley railroad in Connecticut.  Amazing detail and dramatic wide-angle with the leading lines of the railroad track bed result in a striking image.

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Also at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat or Valley Railroad, this steam locomotive was enhancesd with billowing steam and smoke.

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I waited in a cut through for the scheduled steam train to billow through the forests, belching smoke and steam as the whistle blew for the crossing just a head.  Focusing and firing the shutter rapidly to capture just the right composition.

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Amtrack still makes daily runs alone the Connecticut River on the Vermont side of the Upper Valley.  Passenger trains thunder by these old freight buildings in Norwich, Vermont every day. In between local freight trains move essentials such as propane and a tourist train operates on the tracks between Amtrack runs.

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Old abandoned box cars  in Central Vermont. The Central Vermont Railway (reporting mark CV) was a railroad that operated in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, as well as the Canadian province of Quebec.

It connected Montreal, Quebec, with New London, Connecticut, using a route along the shores of Lake Champlain, through the Green Mountains and along the Connecticut River valley, as well as Montreal to Boston, Massachusetts, through a connection with the Boston and Maine Railroad at White River Junction, Vermont.

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This unique spot in the Rocky Mountains is a favorite to capture trains, and is now called Morant’s Curve. It’s perfect. You have the majestic slopes of the Rockies in the background, and the track bends beautifully with the Bow River. The valley is a huge carpet of majestic trees and the train just pierces it all, a magnificent contrast of hulking machine and pristine beauty.

Morant’s Curve is just a few minutes outside of Lake Louise and just about an hour from Banff.

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photographs

Vintage Tractor photographs

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.

Do you like old tractors?  This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

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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.

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Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.

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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.

 


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Old Ford Vintage Tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor

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Old vintage tractors live and breath in Springfield, New Hampshire.  I found this wonderful old, patina-ed Ford red and white vintage tractor working on building up a wood pile in a woodlot.

Part of an ongoing series of fine art photographs of vintage tractors in Vermont, New Hampshire and all around New England,  including a few as far north as Prince Edward Island, Canada.  You can see the entire collection at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Old Ford Vintage Tractor
Old Ford Vintage Tractor, Springfield, New Hampshire by Edward M. Fielding

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The Ford N-Series tractors are a series of farm tractors that were produced by Ford between 1939 and 1952, spanning the 9N2N, and 8N models.

The 9N was the first American-made production-model tractor to incorporate Harry Ferguson’s three-point hitch system, a design still used on most modern tractors today. It was released in October 1939. The 2N, introduced in 1942, was the 9N with some improved details. The 8N, which debuted in July 1947, was a largely new machine featuring more power and an improved transmission. It proved to be the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America.

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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

Prints either rolled in a tube or matted and framed, canvas, metal or acrylic prints are available as well as products such as coffee mugs, t-shirt, tote bags, throw pillows and more.

 

 

 

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Farm Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes

Farm fresh tomato farm stand photography

Farm Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes – Beautiful vintage look fine art photography of heirloom ripe red tomatoes at the farm stand at Muster Field Farm in North Sutton, New Hampshire. Perfect decor for the modern farmhouse or country kitchen. Beautiful light streaming through the windows of the old barn on to the fresh picked crop of juicy red sweet tomatoes on this wonderful fall day in New Hamshire.

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The wonderful Muster Field Farm is a farm that has a lot of historical value in the tiny town of Sutton, New Hampshire. The farm was founded as the Harvey Homestead in 1772 by Matthew Harvey. The original house that was built had burnt down in 1787. The current house that is on the property was built shortly after, but has expanded since it was built. The new house was used as a tavern for the locals to drink at, the first post office and first library in Sutton, and a home for the descendants of the Harveys. In total, eight generations of Harvey descendants lived on the farm and added to it.