favorite #autoside of 2015

this 1959 ford pickup truck belonged to the current owner’s grandmother–bought new and in the family all these years.

i photographed it with a 4×5 camera, using a lateral shift movement and 2 sheets of film to create a diptych in which the front and back of the truck overlap.  you can see that the light changed a bit between the 2 shots–there was cloud cover in one and bright sunlight in the other.

autoside_pickup_gary_diptych_online

art for christmas

this holiday season has been, for me, one during which i have found myself collecting art left and right.  it’s all photography, perhaps aptly, since that’s my medium, and it’s all awesome.

first up, jonas jungblut, a fellow i went to grad school with and who has a beautiful, subdued pallet and a fun, offbeat way with composition.

from him i purchased this piece that i saw on his instagram stream.  it is so evocative to me of california life (which i lived for 5 years before heading to texas) and contains a few of my favorite things: a classic car, the road and the coast.

jonas jungblut's photograph

photograph by jonas jungblut

secondly, i snatched up a couple of images from polly chandler’s series inspired by tom waits lyrics.  her beautiful 4×5 images are so ethereal and haunting–i’m super excited to frame the 2 i got and hang them side by side.  one of the ones i got is this one from 2011:

The Part You Throw Away from You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down, 2011

The Part You Throw Away from You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down, by polly chandler

thirdly, as part of her kickstarter campaign, austin-based architecture and interiors photographer ryann ford was offering backers polaroids, prints and advance copies of her book “the last stop” about rest stops and other disappearing roadside relics.  i haven’t decided which image i’ll ask for a print of, but there are lots of fantastic ones to choose from.  like this one:

monahans sandhills state park, texas, by ryann ford

monahans sandhills state park, texas, by ryann ford

#autoside tuesday

one of the first autosides ever, shot on iphone4S, east side ATX

one of the first autosides ever, shot on iphone4S, east side ATX

i remember walking around the east side with my dad–he LOVES austin and comes to visit almost every summer–and spotting this car.  i photographed a car with suicide doors while in grad school and that became one of my signature images at that time (see below); even before then but especially since, i am always drawn to cars from the mid-20th century.  when i posted this shot to instagram a follower tagged it “#autoside” and i’ve been posting photos like it ever since…

diptych from grad school days, shot on provia 400 film (if i recall correctly) in the funk zone of santa barbara, ca

diptych from grad school days, shot on provia 400 film (if i recall correctly) in the funk zone of santa barbara, ca

 

marfa, marfa, marfa

contact print of 6x7 film shot in marfa, texas

contact print of 6×7 film shot in marfa, texas

contact print of 6x7 film shot in marfa, texas

contact print of 6×7 film shot in marfa, texas

just a few months ago a short film i worked on was in the marfa film festival.  the guys i made the film with and i were SO stoked to get into this festival and SO excited to attend.   the festival is young but has a great personality and there are a lot of interesting films that screen there.  this year, our little film was in very good company, with films from richard linklater and michel gondry in the ranks.

one thing that excited me, apart from showing our film and getting to meet other filmmakers, was getting to go out to marfa for the first time.  i was especially excited to take my massive pentax 67 medium format camera out there so i could shoot some rolls of film.  since working on my thesis project for my master’s degree i haven’t had too many good occasions to take road trips and shoot rolls and rolls of film.

a trip to marfa seemed the perfect opportunity and it didn’t disappoint.

these are contact prints of one of the rolls of film i shot.  more images to follow in the weeks to come.

detail of horizontal images from above contact print

detail of horizontal images from above contact print

detail of horizontal image from above contact print

detail of horizontal image from above contact print