Driving around my former hometown of East Haddam, Connecticut (one of many since I was an army brat), I came across a glorious site. Right next to formerly grand home in need of repair, parked along the railroad tracks of the Essex Steam Train and Valley Railroad and right across the street of the old train station now gift shop was this vintage beauty – a pink Ford Edsel.
The Edsel was an automobile marque that was planned, developed, and manufactured by the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. With the Edsel, Ford had expected to make significant inroads into the market share of both General Motors and Chrysler and close the gap between itself and GM in the domestic American automotive market. But contrary to Ford’s internal plans and projections, the Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly. The Ford Motor Company lost millions of dollars on the Edsel’s development, manufacturing and marketing. The very word “Edsel” became a popular symbol for failure.
Despite the negative connotations of the Ford Edsel, it really is a beauty of a car. Decked out in all manner of extravagance from the excessive chrome, the elongated lines and distinctive shield like front grill.
I have to thank the owner for parking this beauty for me to discover. A few days later I returned to the same spot but alas it was gone. If there is one truism in photography it is to stop and take the shot when you see it. Don’t expect your subject to be there the next month, next day or even the next hours.
I’ve had countless experiences where I’ve returned to a spot to find my subject moved, demolished or otherwise just gone.
More car photography featuring Ford, Chevy, GMC and other American classic cars. http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/edward-fielding.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=193562
Classic cars in black and white – http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/edward-fielding.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=475432
Peony Still Life with Old Suitcase. A floral still life with old canning jar, white peony flowers and a vintage suitcase. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
This fine art photograph of beautiful white antique peony flowers in an old vintage canning jar on top of an old leather suitcase is available for Rights Managed Licensing for your next book cover or magazine editorial project via Arc Angel Images at – http://www.arcangel.com/search/preview/a-floral-still-life-with-old-canning-jar-white/0_00392964.html
This image is a still life featuring an old vintage leather suitcase, fresh picked white peony flowers and an old Bell canning jar with beautiful soft side lighting like you might see in an old masters painting against a dark background.
Available for Rights Managed Licensing via Arc Angel images #00392964
Peony flowers are my all time favorite flowers to work with, they evoke such a classic look, to me they say Victorian age. Something about their full petals. We have several peonies planted on our property and recently moved and divided several plants. They are some of the longest lasting flowering shrubs or plants that you can purchase but they don’t like to be moved or divided so we might have to wait a couple of years before these ones come back to their full splendor. A couple years ago we visited a peony farm in Vermont where the owner admitted to a full on peony passion and the inability to control himself when it came to purchasing new and rare varieties. One plant on his farm cost him something like $4,000. While many of his offerings were common and sold for $20 to $50 some of the higher prices plants fetched upwards to $400 per cutting. Peonies – its a passion!
I’ve just released by newest book on Blurb. Black + White is a collection of fine art photographs by Edward M. Fielding. It’s available in softcover for $14.99 and hardcover for $29.99 but right not you can download an ebook version for the iPad for zero dollars.
The book highlights the breath of my black and white work from still lifes to portraits to landscapes and provides a sampling of my work as an fine art photographer. Prints, cards and wall art from the series of images in the book are available for purchase and are fulfilled by Fine Art America.
If you’d like your own eBook copy of the book click here.
Besides photography and creating artwork, we do a lot of gardening around here in the summer as well as cooking. Here is a collection of fine art prints perfect for the gardener or cook on you list. Small matted prints of colorful vegetables would look fantastic in the kitchen or large canvas prints for the market or restaurant.
A basketful of fresh picked garden vegetables including healthy carrots, radish and beets. Perfect art piece for healthy dining establishments and markets.
Food photography by Edward M. Fielding
Earth is here so kind, just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
– Douglas William Jerrold
Some of the prints and cards with a Christmas or winter theme that I’ve sold lately via my Fine Art America portfolio:
Open edition unsigned prints are one thing, but for the true collector, signed and numbered limited edition prints are the way to go. I am not offering some of my best work as limited editions via my Zatista gallery.
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Just released from Edward M. Fielding, fine art photography. O’Rourke’s Diner, black and white photograph of the famous diner that has been the anchor of Middletown, CT’s north end of mainstreet for the past seventy years.
Shown here as a large metal print over a sofa. Metal prints are a modern way to display fine art photography without a mat and frame. The metal print sticks away from the wall about one inch so it creates an interesting shadow.
Click on the image above for a closer look. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/classic-diner-neon-sign-middletown-connecticut-edward-fielding.html
The diner, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in Mr. O’Rourke’s family since the 1940s. He is known not only for his welcoming attitude but also for his cooking and has been lauded in numerous publications for his creativity.
No one knows for sure whether the steamed cheeseburger was invented in Middletown or the neighboring city of Meriden in the early 1920’s. Both lay claim to the distinction. The recipe is pretty much the same in both cities, though: Place a large patty of ground beef on a metal tray, pop it into a breadbox-sized steamer for two minutes. Add aged cheddar cheese to melt as the burger finishes steaming. Serve on a hard roll. The result is not only not soggy but also less greasy than other burgers. A few steamed cheeseburgers have been sighted outside the Meriden-Middletown area, as close as New Haven and as far away as California. Only in central Connecticut, however, are they commonplace.
“Daybreak” – copyright by Edward M. Fielding
This image of a rural farm and striking red barn with setting sun in the Fishtail, Montana area is a good example of unexpected gold when one is looking for subjects to shoot. We were staying in Red Lodge Montana after touring the Beartooth Highway region including Cooke City and Silver Gate on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. On a tip from the innkeeper we set out with some sketchy directions known only to our driver.
Unfortunately the simple directions didn’t seem to pan out and we never did find that “amazing canyon area”. But luckily I had the fortitude to risk ticking off the car load of family members with requests to pull over. I got a number of useable rural landscape shots, probably more than we would have gotten in the mysterious canyon.
It just goes to show you that life is a journey and one really doesn’t want to race to the finish line. The real living and photographing happens along the way.
“Daybreak” by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding is available as prints and framed art via Society6. http://society6.com/EdwardMFielding/Daybreak-Square-Format_Print#1=45
In the past the square format in film photography was really only achieved by either using 6x6cm format medium cameras and film or cropping your images at the old paper cutter. (BTW: Medium format was prized by magazine photographers because the results could easily be cropped for horizontal or vertical images.)
Some photographers made a name for themselves using this distinctive square format like Diane Arbus whose off-beat characters looked even more off beat in the square format. Diane’s brand of street photography with a TLR Rolleiflex in the square-format, allowed her to look down into the camera so that she wasn’t staring ahead at her subject, who were typically those marginalized people in society — including transgender people, dwarfs, nudists, circus people. Nothing puts a person “on guard” more than having a camera thrust in their face or pointed at them like the barrel of a gun. The Rolleifliex being a twin lens reflex camera like this one:
So the photographer looks down into the prism and looks out through the top lens. The bottom lens is the one actually used to take the picture. A lot less threatening to the subject compared to a big zoom lens held up at eye level. These medium format cameras took short rolls of really big film – 6×6 cm nominal. Keep in mind not all medium format cameras took only squares, as different backs could be purchased which would give different aspects such as the popular 645 (6×4.5cm nominal) or 6×7 (6x7cm nominal).
Now with digital processing and even cameras that can switch aspect ratios, the square format is even more of a viable option. Plus there are plenty of ready made mats and frames in the 8×8 or 11×11 range. Not every image fits comfortably into the square format of course. We typically view the world has a wide horizontal like panoramic landscapes and cinema. Or we see a lot of verticals like in magazines or book covers. On the web we see a lot of horizontal banners but also smaller square images in ads. Web designers love the square because it fits so well and doesn’t cause a lot of formatting problems.
A square is very versatile. You can stack squares and form larger squares. You can pair squares and form horizontals. Or stack them up and form skyscrapers. Squares can become throw pillow or get their edges cut off to become clock or other circle products.
Composing in the square format can be the same or different than horizontal. Rule of thirds is fine but the square allows the subject to fit very nicely smack dab in the middle of the image. Lines and shapes become more pronounce in the square format. The square heightens the graphic quality of the image.
To some the square is preferred for fine art photography because it goes against the norm. Its unexpected in the typical world of photography so it stands out as perhaps different than the typical snapshot.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE SQUARE FORMAT IN PHOTOGRAPHY
- The first square format camera was made by Rollei in 1929.
- Some famous square format camera photographers: Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus.
- There are no current digital cameras that have a square sensor. But digital photography makes it easy to crop your images to any aspect ratio you want.
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