This is one of my favourite events to photograph, as there are more than a hundred American and European cars on display. Those I like best are the American cars from the 50s and 60s, with their arrogant tail fins, brash chrome and bold colours.
Although I was at the car show for four hours, I took fewer than twenty photographs. I find that, as I work harder at improving my photography, I am taking fewer and fewer photographs, rejecting more images at the visualization stage, holding out to take only those photos which say something meaningful about how I felt about the subject.
With these beautiful cars, the greatest temptation is to take a photo of the entire vehicle, simply to show how beautiful it is. That’s a perfectly valid approach and I like to look at those kinds of photos. But I think that I proved to myself a while ago that I could take that kind of photograph.
Nowadays, I am looking to make a more individual statement about a subject such as this, to find a usually unseen angle that shows the car in a different way, to use colour, line and form to represent the age of classic American automobile design.
Here is an attempt from the classic car show.