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Blackhawk Automotive Museum – Danville CA – October 2013

Two firsts for me on this one: my first high-quality collection from an automotive museum – the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA – and the first time I’ve gone to the extra effort captioning every single photo with the year/make of each car. Since it was a museum everything was perfectly labeled, making the second job at least doable, and these cars just felt too special and unique to be captured in anonymity. Also, there are least a few custom coach-built machines here that wouldn’t have been recognizable otherwise, amidst an already timeless grouping of vintage Cadillac, Packard, Mercedes Benz, Duesenberg, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Auburn, Ford, Dodge, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and even Isotta vehicles. There are some real treasures in here – enjoy!

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Lewiston Hot August Nights Show & Shine – August 2012

Photos from Day 3 of a 4-day roadtrip weekend with David and Tyler and the 3rd day of Lewiston Idaho’s 2012 Hot August Nights weekend, this is the Show & Shine along Main St on Saturday morning. Amazing hot rods, clever rat rods, beautiful classics and Lewiston hospitality!

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Seattle Motorcycle Show – December 2011

All that’s new and hot on 2 wheels, plus some sweet classics and incredible custom bikes, under the bright lights of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle on a sunny December afternoon. Almost makes you want to break out the leathers and ride…

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Kirkland Concours d’ Elegance – September 2010

Cara accompanied me down the red carpet and back in time to experience 20th century motoring opulence at Kirkland’s Concours d’ Elegance, our local branch of the prestigious show series. Carillon Point was filled with classic beauties – Packards and Cords from the late 30’s, post-war Alfa Romeo’s and Austin Healey’s, 50’s Cadillacs – as well as more modern gems – Ferrari Testarossa’s, Porsche GT3’s, Ford GT’s. Most surprising for me were the technical innovations in some of these luxury cars which seemed so far ahead of their time; for example, a light sensor on the dash of a Cadillac that detected oncoming headlights and dimmed its own, built entirely out of relays in an age before integrated circuits. It was also a thrill to shoot such perfectly-restored, meticulously-polished cars, and ones so artfully designed and beautifully ornamental as these. There’s also quite a few shots where your intrepid photographer is reflected in the chrome; so many mirror-finish surfaces in such close quarters made a few of those unavoidable, and I left more of them in the gallery than I normally would because I just enjoyed the subject matter.

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1916 electric utility propaganda – Boing Boing

Boing Boing has a cool flash back to the turn of the century, A little girl vacuums, with electricity! when electricity in the home wasn’t commonplace and electric utility companies where pushing consumers to consider electricity as more than just a novelty toy. I really liked the way Maggie described what was so important about this shift:

    “Forget about simplifying housework. Centralized electricity changed energy production from a difficult, in-home process that kept the messy by-products of progress literally in your face, into something magical that happened when you threw a switch. The choking smoke was still there, but not at your house. There was still heavy labor involved, but it wasn’t done by you or your children. For the first time, people were able to pretend that their standard of living was provided, free of downsides, by little elves that lived in the wall. All benefit, no detriment. Action without consequences. In other words, this is the point where everybody went a little bit bonkers.”

Read the whole Boing Boing post, and click through to read the pamphlet (which is a little tedious to page through but the poetic verse is pretty great) at the link below.

1916 electric utility propaganda – via Boing Boing.