Friday, February 27, 2009

Getting Traction

I will admit, in case you couldn't tell, that I have struggled for grip getting off the line here. Thanks for hanging with me.

I believe that I have finally hooked up (in the car sense) and got my wheels pointed in the right direction. Should be a fun ride.

This blog is going to be mainly a photo blog, with my commentary about the vehicle in my pictures.

I have been taking pictures of cars since the first time I picked up a camera, and still find at least one interesting vehicle to shoot nearly every day.

Not the latest, greatest thing on the road mind you, but cars that tell us something about their owners - and about how deeply cars are embedded in our culture here in the United States.

Cars that have been used so long that they show patterns of human activity worn into them. Cars that have been cared for and cars that have been abused. Cars that have been "enhanced" or "decorated" or outright redesigned by their owners.

Sometimes I meet the owners and chat them up, but more frequently, I am left to speculate about the person who drives a unique ride. When I do talk to them, I'll share with you what they think about their vehicle and why it looks like it does.

Sometimes I may speculate about the relationship between the car and its owner.

Sometimes the vehicles speak for themselves, like this gentle, 45 year-old, not a car, not quite a truck Ford Ranchero sitting up to its rims in freezing water - hoping for a new home and a new life.

Maybe hauling around a couple of big dogs in its comfortable old bed.

All photos and words copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell

4 comments:

  1. Sorry about the missing images. I don't know what's going on with blogger.

    Please check back later ~

    Jeff

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  2. To order archival quality prints of this image, please email blackwell.photography@gmail.com

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  3. I know that car. I've passed it many times.

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  4. I know, Matt, the poor Ranchero has been in the pasture for a while now. It's actually kind of a cool little car. Very funky.

    Check this one out: http://classicmotorsports.net/project-cars/1963-ford-ranchero/

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Thanks for commenting! Double clutch!!