Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Warm Breeze Brings Back Memories...

I know it happens to you too. You're minding your own business and a smell, sight, or sound can take you back to a time forgotten, vanished by everyday life. It just happen recently to me. The sun was warm on my face and the smell of Fall, I was gone...

I remember as a kid in 7th...8th grade walking home from school on a Friday afternoon, and the excitement thinking one of my favorite TV programs aired that evening. "Route 66" and oh, those 1960 and '62 Corvettes that Todd and Buz drove to places unknown was just to die for. My imagination inevitably would travel with them, mile by mile. It played to viewers from 1960 to 1964, always to the sounds of Nelson Riddel's instrumental theme. Why am I telling you about this?  Well, growing up in San Diego I recently found these images of one of their episodes filmed in my home town. I'm here to share them with you, as you may also remember. As much as I can figure, they headed to San Diego, then TJ, stopping at a BBQ joint and then onward to Caliente. No doubt there was a pretty girl involved in some kinda' trouble as usual...

I just loved it!

Friday, November 11, 2016

"Cars Yeah" Interview...

American born, a long ago curious kid with camera, and past part time automotive blogger, now sharp shooter with camera in hand, makes good doing interview...


That's right, you can learn a little more about me and how I got my start in photography by clicking on the link of a pod-cast that I had the pleasure of being asked to do by Mark Greene. Mark has a web based company called "Cars Yeah," and has interviewed many, many people involved in the automotive industry. Those interviewed have been race car drivers, team owners, artists, automotive designers, photographers, and more. Speaking of that, by now you know I like to make automotive fine art images that people can hang on their walls, so without further ado, the link is below. It's about a half hour long, so sit back and relax.

The place to click: "Cars Yeah"

Friday, October 14, 2016

Goblins and Ghouls...

The warm afternoon breeze is flowing through the room as I type, reminding me of the dog days of summer, and with it a smile comes to my face. Halloween is on its way. These thoughts bring me to my post today, about the San Diego Art Institute sending out a call for seasonal art.

Well, of course I had to come up with an image to enter. "Claw Boy" is proud to announce he was juried in to the show. Here's the link for info to the month long exhibition "The Dead Are Not Quiet" a group exhibition of macabre art in Balboa Park. If you're in the area, stop by and pass a little love onto him. If you want him for your own, he's available and looking for a loving home...





The image is 12"x 12" and matted, with a black museum frame to 16"x 16", ready to hang and enjoy.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $150 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eclectic Gathering...

As an artist, I'm always looking to make my photographs stand out, not just for the viewer, but also for myself. In my journey, I have had a tendency to lean my images a bit to the raw side with an attitude, seeking out ways to make my work different from the norm. I don't mind breaking the rules as long as it's pleasing to the eye.

This image is from my "Metal Exposed" show in Carmel during Monterey Car Week this past August. It's a 16" x 24" dye-infused print on aluminum with a double float backed by 20" x 28" bright brushed aluminium. The image is an A/P called "Eclectic Gathering" as the 356 cars sit next to each other as to be talking among themselves. If one only knew what the conversion was about...

Eclectic Gathering
You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, $995 + Tax, shipping included anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tent Shows, and Galleries, and Race Cars...Oh my!

It's certainly been a busy time. First doing ArtWalk at Liberty Station, unpacking general interest photographs that night as the show ended, then repacking my automotive photographs the same night for a trip up north the next day to show in a Carmel gallery during Monterey Car Week. Wow...I need a breather!

Really, what I want to say, is a big "Thank You" to all of you that came to ArtWalk, and the gallery in Carmel to say hi. And an even bigger thanks to those of you that added to your fine art collection by leaving with one of my pieces! We had a great time, didn't we?

BTW: If you want to see my pieces from ArtWalk or from the "Metal Exposed" show in Carmel, please check out my photo site at: JohnStraubImageWorks.com

"Metal Exposed" at Gallery by the Sea Carmel

Friday, August 12, 2016

You're Invited to a Special Show!

One of the favorite times of the year for gearheads, Monterey Car Week! Porsche's, Ferrari's, Lambo's, Cobra's and more gather for an all out car fest of shows, auctions, racing, parties, and just flat out looking at everything with four wheels.

Now here's the exciting news for JohnStraubImageWorks. I'm having a show and rolling out a limited edition line of fine art automotive photographs called "Metal Exposed" August 16 - August 21, hosted by one of the top ten galleries in Carmel, California and you are invited!


So please take some time from racing at Laguna, the Porsche Works Reunion, the Concorso Italiano, the Exotics on Cannery Row, the auctions, the Carmel Concours, and the Pebble Beach Tour, and come into the gallery to check out my art. Speaking of the Pebble Beach Tour, that's the day of my art reception. So come early to get parking, check out the cars parked on Ocean Avenue and then come to the reception.

Here's the info on the gallery. It's the top photographic gallery in Carmel featuring the artwork of Michael Kent Lynberg called "Gallery by the Sea Carmel." It's on San Carlos between 5th and 6th. Avenues. The hours that they are open, 10:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday, 12:00-4:00 Sunday. You can check out Michael's beautiful art here, "Gallery by the Sea Carmel." 

I hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ArtWalk Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is returning to San Diego this weekend, August 13-14, and you're invited! Join me for a weekend filled with art, food, live entertainment, and fun for residents and visitors of all ages.

The 11th annual ArtWalk @ Liberty Station and will feature the works of over 200 artists from around the globe. The art on display will showcase every medium from painting, sculpture and glass work to fine jewelry and of course photography. Attendees will also be able to enjoy live music, delicious street food options and a wine and beer pavilion in a beautiful al fresco setting. So, don't forget to come by my tent, number 504 and see some cool new images. Who knows you may decide to take one home with you. Here's one that just speaks to me, a limited edition...

"Cafe 11" is a 24" x 36" archival print and framed.
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station will be held at Liberty Station's Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road (corner of Historic Decatur and Roosevelt Road). The fine art festival will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on August 13 & 14 and attendance is free. For more information, please visit https://www.artwalksandiego.org/liberty station/

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Art Al Fresco at Grossmont

"Art Al Fresco" is a preview of ArtWalk Liberty Station. Why am I posting about it? Well, I was one of 12 local artist invited to show at Grossmont Center in La Mesa this coming Saturday, July 30th, between 10:00am to 3:00pm.  It will be located in the center of the mall and is intended to be a preview for the upcoming Liberty Station ArtWalk in August. So come on out and check the artists showing sculpture, oil, canvas, jewelry, glass, and photography. I've been busy getting prints ready to go, so I hope to see you for a day filled with art and color!

Some of the matted prints available.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shooting from the Heart

I tend to photograph from the heart, which is very different than working with your head. When I spot a scene that stirs my soul, whether it's automotive, roadside relics, or even plants, I photograph it. Then it's on to the computer, where I start working on the texture, value scale, and colors in post-processing. Here's an example, shot on a walk with my wife in La Jolla one warm sunny afternoon. We were making our way down a small dirt path on the edge of a cliff overlook when looking down it stopped me in my tracks with its unique shapes, opening to the sun and saying, "I dare you to touch me." As usual, my photograph, a little raw with some attitude.

Botanical Blend #6
This is from my "Botanical Collection " collection and is printed on archival paper. The image is 12"x 12" and is matted, with a black museum frame 16"x 16", ready to hang, and enjoy.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $275 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Capture...

I love surprises. This was one for my friend, Kaid. Some time ago he asked me to get a shot of him vintage racing his Alfa. An Alfa that had trophied back in the day at Autodroma Nazionale Monza, Italy. A special car, indeed.

I'm sure Kaid had forgotten the ask, but I hadn't. After shooting at numerous vintage races, I captured the one I wanted to present to him. Enjoy, Kaid!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Retro Fair...

Retro, well not really. Only one year old. Shot at the San Diego County Fair...

Walking the midway zone early in the morning before the rides started taking on their passengers. I noticed the motionless Ferris wheel. As I stood at the bottom gazing up, it reminded me of a vintage ride from the past, maybe from Europe or a small mid-west town fair. Fairs I love. The smell of corn dogs, fried chicken, apple pie, sounds of kids screaming on the rides. and the smell of animals all blend in just fine...

This is from my "Fabricated Curiosities" collection and is an archival print. The image is 8" x 8" and is matted, with a black museum wood frame 12" x 12", ready to hang and enjoy in your B/W collection.

You may purchase it here for $85.00 plus shipping and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I'll refund the shipping of $25.00 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. This one Sold.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Shooting Pictorialism

I've always been drawn to "Pictorialism" for some reason when it comes to photography. It just resonates with me. In definition, it's an approach to photography with a soft-focus such as this gas station that emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality. Maybe it's my underlying desire to go back to slower times, as this was the hallmark of photographers in the first decades of the 20th century. Some of the greats that started shooting this way were; Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. They would later reject the painterly atmospherics of pictorialism and set a course of sharper focus followed by the rest of the photographic world.

"Cafe 11"  © John Straub
This image was shown for the first time at Art Walk in Little Italy in May. It's from my "Road Side Salvage" collection and is archival pigment on high quality archival paper. There are two sizes available, a 16"x 24" for $95.95 plus $20.00 postage and 24"x 36" for $210.00 plus $20.00 postage shipped within the US or Canada. The larger of the two is signed and numbered out of a limited edition of 25. Both will come ready to be matted and framed.

Sizes Available