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SEMA Las Vegas – November 2014

I like big trucks and I cannot lie… which is why so many of my photos this year feature giant lifted trucks, but there are also stunning Italian cars, trick Japanese rides and immaculate hot rods in the mix. The largest gathering of small businesses in the US was even bigger this year – I heard 160,000+ attendees, up from 135,000 in 2013 – an encouraging trend for our economy, for small businesses and for the auto aftermarket. As always the amount of time, money, creativity and skill on display at the SEMA show boggle the mind.

If you are hoping for accurate, realistic photographs of the products and projects at SEMA move along elsewhere because this show and it’s over-the-top, bigger-than-life, can’t-believe-they-pulled-that-off custom cars are my excuse to be as seizure-inducingly aggressive with the photos as I care to be. Nothing about this event is subdued and I take all kinds of liberties with the images to highlight the parts I find interesting and stylize them to my whim. One of my Lightroom presets is literally named “CSI Miami”. Now that I have set your expectations correctly, you are clear to proceed:

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

NWMotiv inMotion Show & Drift – September 2012

NWMotiv put on a great show and kept the energy high all day, bouncing us between the indoor car show and outdoor drift track and filling what could have been a very long 13-hour day with music, contests and some great rides. It’s been years since a Seattle show was this well-developed, dating back to the Hot Import Nights events circa 2004, so it was really encouraging to see a great turnout and some new momentum for the PacNW car show scene.

My Z was not at this show, unfortunately, as a sensor/hesitation ghost I’ve been chasing kept it home in the garage. I underestimated how odd and excluded it feels to be an exhibitor without a car, and how frustrating and disappointing it would be to repeatedly explain why it wasn’t there. Spending all day second-guessing my decision (“Should I have just driven it anyway?”, “Should I have towed to the show?”, “I probably could have made it this far”, “This is the spot it would be parked in if it were here”, “If it didn’t start at the end people would have helped me”) just meant that I chewed on myself sufficiently all day to prevent ever really enjoying anything. I also underestimated how bored I would be without a car to attend to, despite some worthy distractions. Filling my void of purpose with photography was only partially successful, as although I snapped several thousand shots of the show, the drift event, and everything in between, I didn’t enjoy that very much, either. In the end, there are some shots in here that I’m actually quite happy with, so apparently listless melancholy is a good artistic engine for me.


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Seattle Auto Show – November 2011

I felt like an auto industry photographer this week, as the morning after my return flight from SEMA in Las Vegas I was behind the lens again shooting the Seattle Auto Show. Lance joined me in pushing buttons and critiquing design choices. I most impressed this year by Buick – impressive interiors and competitive cars for the price – and Hyundai – unique designs with a distinctive California studio flavor, really coming into their own rather than just shadowing trends. Click through to critique the 2012 models for yourself.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

NWN Golden Gardens – March 2011

It rained profusely, as is the tradition for the unofficial season opener at Golden Gardens Park, and the lack of entrance requirements and the massive attendance meant every Nissan in town showed (and a bunch of other makes, too), including many less-than-show-quality specimens. As Tyler pointed out the night before, though, as we were prepping our cars for the meet, this show is about the community more than anything else, and in that regard always seems to be a success, no matter what the weather.

My SLR camera was at the repair shop, so the gallery is full of the best I could do with my pocket-sized Canon Powershot while also holding an umbrella in the other hand.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

NW Toy Run – December 2010

Cold but sunny and a giant pile of toys to make Christmas merry for some less-fortunate kids. We were especially excited for this year’s run because we pooled our own money with the remains of the NWImports team fund for a huge Toys R Us shopping spree and a trunkload full of great toys. Cara found us Santa hats and I even cut vinyl Toys For Tots graphics for our 2-car caravan.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.