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The 55 Buick Roadmaster And Why I Did It

One of the more enjoyable aspects of creating fine art out of historical antiques like this ’55 Buick Roadmaster is learning about the history behind them.  Usually, with machines like cars and airplanes, aficionados like Jay Leno, bring out their slide-rulers and talk about all the old technical terms.

You get to learn the Roadmaster had  a Variable Pitch Dynaflow Transmission, and how with a 322 Nailhead V8 you get 236 horsepower. Or, you could even learn why one of these beautiful cars would be worth more if it had wire spoke wheels than the standard issue. It’s like communicating in another language.

But let’s talk art.  When I originally went to take the picture, I thought of just a candid shot of the grill and hood to show off the natural beauty of a Roadmaster. But, I had another idea.

First, I must confess that after living in the Southern States for a couple of years the concept of watching NASCAR on the weekend is not lost on me.   I’ve always loved the angles from the live cameras on the cars. The shot from the bumper showing the other car following you from 12 inches at 150 mph always raises the level of excitement.

The distinguishing characteristic of this one angle is that the lines are never straight on the car behind you. Because the car is so close, and moving at speed, the dynamics of the shot will always show a slight curve or bend in the fenders and hood.   Your eye views this  as speed. Or, in other words, it makes it look like it’s going fast.

55 Buick Roadmaster
55 Buick Roadmaster

Normally, a photographer would reach for a fisheye shaped lens to accomplish this task. I had two problems with this idea. First, I wanted a slight curve, barely distinguishable to the eye. I wanted the subtle effect of speed without the obvious reason behind it. So I’d be understandably nervous about overdoing it with a fisheye.   Second, and most importantly, I didn’t have a fisheye lens with me, so I had to make do positioning myself, and twisting the camera just a fraction to get the effect I was looking for.

In the end, I believe the goal of what I accomplished the look I wanted. So, help me welcome the 55 Buick Roadmaster to our Gallery. Don’t wait; this work looks incredible on a metal print. Contact us and get yours today!

Martini: Shaken or Stirred?

Our gallery welcomes the iconic drink Martini into our midst. Martini is a subtle work taken in the low light of a very classy antique hotel lobby. It simply resounds in decadence and cultural sophistication.

Indeed the martini is a famous cocktail drink of the 19th-20th centuries. It’s invention is much like the hot dog or hamburger,  so many stories exist of its creation we may never know the truth.

The most famous drinker of this smooth concoction is of course Ian Fleming’s James Bond.   Few characters in literature or silver screen have done more for a cocktail.

However, in typical Hollywood style, the directors of the movies managed to mess with the traditional recipe offered up in the first book Casino Royale.

Martini
Olive or lemon twist?

Truthfully, the drink that Bond partakes of is a martini called the “Vesper” after the love interest in the book.

The Vesper is:

  • 3 parts Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 part Russian or Polish Vodka
  • ½ part of Lillet wine

Shaken until ice-cold and served with a lime wedge.

After the 1st book , Mr. Bond starts ordering strictly vodka martinis.

The next question to pop into mind is over the controversy of “Shaken not stirred”. Martini purists cringe at this thought because it will bruise the gin. The truth is that they are right, however, there is a hidden cost at stirring the drink and not shaking it.

When you shake a Martini, you manage to actually cool the gin and vermouth to an ice-cold temperature in just seconds. You save your martini from being diluted with melting ice. However, you will add air bubbles to your gin, thus slightly altering the taste and texture of the martini.

If you want to stir your martini, then you will need about 2 minutes of stirring to reach the temperature achieved by shaking. If you wish to keep the texture of the Martini, you will prolong the contact of the gin with the ice thus the melting ice will dilute the gin.

So, the choice is yours, do you like your martini slightly fizzy and cold, or cold and watery. Either way the classic Martini is :

  • 2-1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounces dry vermouth
  • Green olive or lemon twist

Enjoy!

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Even The Lights are Artistic!

 

Church Light is another example of the fine architecture and decorations found in the Holy Family Catholic Church.  The church remains a symbol of the past in both its design and traditional construction.  Sitting in the mining ghost town Jerome deep in the Arizona desert, the church continues to offer a place for the faithful and adventure seeker to rest for a while.

 

While the altar and reredos seek to stimulate the visitors eye, the ceiling with its ornate tile and hanging chandeliers also beautify the interior.  The charm of the electric candles used to simulate the candles that an ancient church would have blends the old traditions with a more modern approach.

 

The cross hanging from the bottom of the light appears to be of marble and exalts the religious significance of the chandelier. The surprising element, however, is the Christian iconography on the frosted glass.  It appears faded and worn through decades of use and is very difficult to see without the lamp being lit.

 

Overall, Church Light is a stunning example of historic interior design work still showcasing what the original designers intended.  The painted white tiles with their intricate design functions well with the tan or khaki colored interior walls.  The color of the candles matches artistically with the walls and the ornate silver and green structure of the chandelier emphasizes the ceiling.

 

A church or temple is historically designed and decorated to emphasize the sacred space and give glory to the divine. This holds true no matter what religion or denomination you might discuss.   Every aspect of a place of worship is traditionally designed to present this idea to the common worshiper in a way that is understandable to that worshiper’s culture.  The Holy Family Catholic Church of Jerome is no exception.  The church does this with an elegance and historical style that reflects the cultural background and technology of when it was active.

 

While the lights in Church Light, may not light the way for throngs of the faithful as it used to, it still showcases a beautiful reflection of religious historical art and makes a stunning addition to any collection.

 

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