I’ve been working on this project now for almost four years. Four years of a weekly Friday night ritual. After a normal week of work it's a welcome respite. Friday night is my opportunity to add images to this project which is now at over 8,000. That should be enough, right? I still feel this need to keep shooting Cruising Grand every week from April to September.
Early on I was drawn by my love of cars, in this case vintage and classics. I love the form of the classic automobile. They represent an age that’s very unlike the car market today. Today, many choices look the same, it’s hard to know the difference between a top of the line Hyundai and a Mercedes.
There are many things to like about older cars. The technologies make them less complicated in many ways, easier to work on and tinker with. That’s what draws many of us to go to Cruising Grand regularly. I go because I love the cars and of course love to take photographs. Seems like they go together for me, a nice fit. I have nothing against newer cars by the way. Today’s cars deliver newer technology and more refined automobiles.
The cars at Cruising Grand are in the former category. I love their classic lines.
I’ve started to shift a bit with my photography project shooting Cruising Grand. At first I was primarily focused on the cars. Now I’m trying to show a sense of the people at Cruising Grand with their cars. The folks who come week after week to show off their pride and joy. They are the real soul of the Friday night event. Some have owned their cars for decades, some for only a short while but they’re all linked by a common bond to embracing and loving their beautiful, old cars.
Here are a selection of images captured at the event. I’m using Kodak Tri-X 400 usually shot on my Leica M6 with a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5. I’m shooting at ISO 200 and developing at box speed.
Tails & Fenders
The classic tails and fenders of classic cars. They define the lines and character of these fine automobiles.
They don't make them like these anymore.
In 1961, Dr S.D.Jouhar founded the Photographic Fine Art Association, and was its Chairman. Their definition of Fine Art was “Creating images that evoke emotion by a photographic process in which one's mind and imagination are freely but competently exercised.