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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!

1951 Dodge: Every Picture has a Story

Dodge is a portrait image of the front of a 1951 Dodge “Job Rated” Pick Up truck. I found it lying in an open field next to some other slowly rusting hulks of America’s automotive past. Indeed the cold and bitter weather of a Taos winter appear to have done quite a bit of damage to what must have been a fabulous paint job back in the 1950’s.

It is unclear just how many long years of toil this “working man’s” truck put in until it finally sat abandoned in this field to rust into history. Unlike it’s competition, the Dodge designed trucks to put looks second and offer a no compromise utilitarian truck that you could specifically buy for the job you needed.

In the 1950’s Dodge introduced it’s Job Rated series Dodgewith larger engines ranging in power from 94 to 154 horsepower. Another feature was an increased electrical system for easier bad weather starting and a moisture resistant ignition system. Dodge also added a twin carburetion and exhaust system for improved power and fuel economy.

The technical abilities of the truck did not end with the engine. Quieter brakes designs and a smaller turning radius than it’s predecessors were also emphasized along with improved shock absorbers advertising a smoother ride.

While the primary purpose of the truck was to have the right truck for the job, style was not totally forgotten.   It’s true these trucks did not sport the flashier front grills of the GM or Ford models but they surpassed their competition in roomier cabs and larger windows designed to cut blind spots. It even had a new instrument panel so the driver could see the gauges easier.

Regardless of this trucks noble start and eventual finish, abandoned in a field rusting away, this truck is definitely a work of art that tells a story. Enjoy it on your wall.

For those of you who are hard-core fans of the trucks of yesteryear, I found a video about this truck from the sales training film made in the 1950’s. The real part of the video starts at 2:13. The first part of the video is an excellent historical lesson in stereotypes of the Hollywood in 1951. (warning: it’s not necessarily politically correct by today’s standards.)

 

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