Symbols of Speed

October 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I recently went to the Hershey Antique Auto Show.  I am told it is one of the largest in the world, if not the largest.  There were all kinds of tools, parts, mirrors, lights, tires, etc.  There was just about anything for any car.  I took a camera with me, of course, to see if there would be anything interesting.  I finally ended up concentration on the cars themselves and especially the hood ornaments.  I loved the symbolism in the ornaments.  They wanted to demonstrate the speed, power, and strength of the cars they were ornamenting.  

I loved the smooth lines of the ornaments.  They had such fluid shapes and clean lines.  The whole point was to show the wind slicing power of the vehicle.  Now, you may think it was strange that I would be at this huge show and concentrate on something as small as the hood ornaments.  In fact, it wasn't the ornaments themselves, it was their shapes and lines.  I even took color out of the equation by editing them in black and white to emphasize shapes rather than color.  

The point is that there are times when the subject matter is secondary to the line, shape, and even color of the object.  Of course, don't forget about the light.  That is paramount.  It was a cloudy day when I was at the show, but that was perfect.  I had no concerns about the strong contrast that sunlight can bring.  It made the exposures easier and it didn't produce reflections of the sunlight on the chrome and the paint.  So even thought the light wasn't bright, it was perfect.  

I truly enjoyed looking at all the ornaments.  It gave me a focus (ha ha) in the huge mass of antiqueness.  It gave me a series and some work on my black and white processing.  I always need to keep my eyes open.


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