1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe
I think I blogged about photographs of others’ work a few years back. The basic thought was making photographs of something that other people created meant that you were just the last person in the chain of creativity and craftsmanship. It was the photographer’s responsibility not to mess up all the work done before him. My current project with the Art Deco Automobiles is just that. I didn’t design the automobiles, I didn’t build the automobiles and finally, I didn’t arrange for the exhibition of the automobiles. I am just an admirer of these incredibly beautiful (and quite valuable) machines.
As an engineer, I am predisposed to admire technology and as a photographer, the beauty of their form. To honor all the hard work of the designers, engineers and craftsmen, my primary aesthetic is figuring out where to put the Edges of the Photograph to show the innate beauty of these machines. In polite terms, the goal is to showcase the talent and work of those that came before me. In less polite terms, I'm trying not to screw up the great work done before I got there.
I have no real deep philosophical or psychological reason to make these photographs. They are beautiful machines and I love the way they look when I photograph them.
Here is a link to the new folio on my website. Stop by and ogle some beautiful machinery.