Nostalgia

Right after high school my parents let me drive across the country. In eight weeks I traveled 15,000 miles in 8 weeks. I hit 26 states and two provinces in Canada. I remember thinking during the trip that in 10 years, this would feel like yeasterday. That was more than 40 years ago. And every time I see an old, white, VW bug, I remember. The people, the situations, the camping, snakes in the grass in Missouri, running out of gas in the boonies of Montana, the youth hostel in Nanaimo, BC.

All those memories are long ago in my life and far away from the different world we live in today.
Nostalgia is that feeling in your gut when you recognize something you haven't seen for awhile that elicits memories and emotions. It might be a picture or an object or a location or a song on the radio or even a smell. We learn during elementary school what it is in our brain. But it takes years of experience and an adult perspective to know nostalgia in your heart.

Nostalgia is what I am going for with my images. I want more than just a pretty picture. I want my images to make people pause, to reflect on the past, to remember. Admittedly, it takes the right vehicle.

Not many people will remember a 1937 Oldsmobile. But maybe someone will know that their grandfather had one from their father's stories.

The owner of the 1950 Ford Pickup learned to drive on that truck. Less than a month after the shoot, his wife wanted a print as a birthday gift because her husband gave the truck to his son to restore.

I shoot close to the subject at night. I want a black background so that the viewer can see concentrate on the portrait. I tend to shoot low because that is the viewpoint of a small child (besides making a better image).

The cars and trucks presented my not be your favorites, but there may be one that brings back memories and makes you pause.

Development of a Vision

An artist does not pick up a brush or a camera for the first time and know immediately what they are going to produce. The process of developing a vision takes time. Sometimes it is years, sometimes decades. It requires the maturation of the artist's skill combined with a his recognition of his taste and how to use those skills to produce works that match his taste. It takes experience, which takes time.

Along the journey an artist gains skills that may not contribute to his ultimate vision. As an example, I have used polarizing filters in photography. But, the techniques I use to create the car photography do not require them. That tool and the knowledge of how to use them have no effect on my current creations.

If you are an artist who doesn't know what his vision is, recognize the value of false paths. Knowing what you do not like is valuable information narrowing the field of the possible toward that which you love.

New Site Format

Welcome to the new Settle Photography website. I hope this design allows you to more easily find the cars you may be looking for, or just peruse at your pleasure. 

I hope you enjoy the images and find yourself taken to a past time.

In the future this area will highlight additions to the collection. So, come here to find all the new images added to the site since your last visit.