I have been surrounded by cars since I can remember. In the 1980’s my father was a salesman for Nissan Motors in Boston and he would often bring home a young kid’s dream, a Nissan 300ZX Turbo sports car. My family would take weekend trips to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut to watch actor Paul Newman race in the Trans-Am Series. I would use my father’s Pentax 35mm camera to make pictures of the race cars. While pursuing a degree in graphic design at Northeastern University I started photographing classic cars in a graphic style. First in small format black and white, then in color in medium format and large format.
This ongoing series represents many summers of attending local classic car cruise nights and car shows. I use the frame to create strong graphic images with focus on the car’s details, clean lines and bold colors. I am interested in the factory details as well as the custom details that their owners add to their cars to make them unique. From custom paint schemes to ornamental decorations, these cars have a personality all their own. The cars represented here span a time frame from the 1930’s to the 1960’s when American automobiles were viewed as rolling works of art.