Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bel Air

Another image from my “Old Town” archives. A 1957 Chevy Bel Air this time, taken at the beginning of my “Auto Art” craze in 2004.

Growing up, I remember my Grandfather mentioning “’57 Chevys” on numerous occasions, I think he owned one “back in the day”, before this car was a “legend”. I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of his favorite cars of all time. I’ll have to ask him if that’s a true statement.

I remember a time a couple years back, probably seven years or more, before I began photographing these cars. Me and my Grandfather were checking out all these classics one Saturday night at Old Town. Pap knew a lot about these automobiles and was sharing all sorts of tidbits about them with me. It’s amazing how he could tell what year many of them were built in.

I love the tail fins. Just thought I’d “pop” the red tail light on this one.


Jose said...

I mentioned yesterday that I am a Ford guy, and definitely a Mustang enthusiast as you may have noticed on my blog. Still my dream car is a 1959 Chevy Impala Covertible. I drool everytime I see one. But for now I still settle for my 93 Mustang Convetible.

57' Bel Air is in my opinion a great example of the great cars of the past. I believe the cars of today won't stand the test of time.


As for AI, I was jumping up and down along with my daughters because Jordin made it, but our jaws dropped when we heard that Melinda got cut. It was hard to take, the best and most consistent got voted off by America. That was just wrong, but hey it's a democracy.

Olivier said...

encore une belle voiture de collection. elle avait du charme.

still a beautiful car of collection. it had charm.

Martel said...

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lv2scpbk said...

I really like how you photograph these photos of cars. This one looks great in black and white. I think my parents owned one of these too back in the day. My dad is standing beside a car and standing there likes he's so proud of it. Maybe they just bought it then. Wouldn't it be nice to own one of these now? Who would have ever thought that most everything would be a collectible now.

Anna said...

WOW....smoking! I love this shot...the tones, the lines....great Chad!

Jill said...

Wow! This is great!

Jose said...

Hey Chad, thanks for the invite, I'll be adding you to my sidebar later on to come and check on your pics periodically. Glad I found you... herr acutually you found me.

Remember too start thinking Jordin, Jordin, Jordin - she's gotta win man.

Michele @ crazyfordesign said...

Your auto photography is unmatched. You have a great eye for the details. Maybe you could sell your photos to a publisher for a book on classic cars!

cazike said...

My friend Chad is a great photographer. Close-ups, cars, objects, flowers, insects and people. How do you do it?

You should talk to Ford and sell your art for their buildings, promotions and information books.

Never seen a bad pic from you!

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

Oh beautiful, my husband, a car-enthusiast himself loved it and complements u on the great shot!!!

JAM said...

Sweet. I love the contrasty look of your photo, but also the glossy shine on the car itself. Beautiful car.

Coy Hill said...

Great Classic car shot. Good use of selective color!

photowannabe said...

I agree with Salty. Great selective color. It really makes the picture pop. I love the nostalgic shots.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

That means a lot, thanks so much!

Ted said...

I guess you know that this is LITERALLY a high point. Fins drooped in 58, and then receded in the following years. The 58 Ford's fins sort of pooped off to the sides.. and since 58 was a recession year for the car industry, designers suddenly scurried about to come up with something else, fearing that the fin craze was over. In fact, it was.

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Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

Hey Chad that was a great idea..I sure shall let u know whenever we r coming that way....preferably a Saturday as u said :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chad :D
In the little time I have I try to do something more fun than studying.

I still have to post my car pictures too, but with the way this changed I can't upload straight from picasa and that makes it a pain.. Another reason I slowed down.
Can't wait to beat you :P Wait til you see my modified rides hahaha

Unknown said...

Wow! I love this. And I love old cars. I'm a user of public transportation but I have a love for old cars. A friend of mine back home has plenty of old cars and I'm looking forward to taking some photos of his!

Great photog blog!