Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chrome Landscape – 1959 Dodge Coronet

Chrome Landscape - 1959 Dodge Coronet - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell

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This monstrous car was just kind of sulking, looking to me literally like a fish out of water in the parking lot of my favorite coffee shop.

Its designers intended it to look like a space ship, and in its time perhaps many people saw it that way.

In 1959, of course, American product design was heavily influenced by imaginative, if completely uninformed, expressions of aerodynamics, which look so quaint to us as people from the future.
Eventually, we would understand that the organic shapes of birds and fish are optimized for movement through flowing air or water as opposed to space.

You see lots of photos of these massive chrome elements that were stylish then, exactly because they seem amusingly ironic to eyes that have seen the Stealth fighter and the Millennium Falcon. Usually, photographers will accentuate the extravagant lines or the bulbous outgrowths of cars of the Fifties.

I used this picture to explore the terrain of the grill of this old Coronet. I wanted to look in front of the reflections in the paint and chrome; I wanted to see their surfaces.

I twisted the colors around and now it reminds me of the images from the Mars rovers.

Wonder what it will look like to people from the future.

-- ADDED 5:48 PM --

Ok, I had a little time on my hands and this idea rolling around in my head. I grabbed a NASA image of a Marscape, and overlayed it on my image.

What if Dodges really were spaceships?

This would make a great illustration for something!

Martian Chrome - 1959 Dodge Coronet overlayed with Marscape - copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell

All words and images copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell

1 comment:

  1. Wow... very cool images. I love those aggressive grills of the 50s.


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