Friday, June 23, 2017

Get to Know Chad McQueen

I've had the opportunity to meet Chad McQueen a few times, Steve's son, so I thought I would share this with you.

Chad standing with his fathers Speedster. Photo credit The Sunday Times Driving

Steve McQueen had a reputation as a hellraiser but according to his son, but he was a great father. In between shooting the films that would make him an international star and the worlds highest paid actor of the 70's, McQueen fathered two children, Chad and his sister, Terry. Steve would take time off the movie sets to teach them to ride motorcycles and to swim in the pool at their Los Angeles home, good times. Chad recalls, "Every other kid wanted him as their dad, so he must have been doing something right."

Friday, June 16, 2017

"Decaying Dreams" and You're Invited

You're invited to my solo B/W show coming up...
“Decaying Dreams”

The “Salton Sea” was created between 1915-17 when the Coronado River broke through farmer’s dykes flowing into the Imperial Valley forming California’s largest lake. Over the years it has had its ups and down. Its heyday was in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. During that period hotels, yacht clubs, trailer parks, even planned housing was built. On any given day, sailing, sport fishing, swimming, and power boat racing could be seen. It was truly a playground with people coming from all over to the “Riviera of the West.” However today as the lake shrinks due to SoCal’s coastal cities becoming larger and not allowing Colorado water to replenish the lake, the communities around the sea are dying a slow death. These images are from my series named, “Decaying Dreams.”
I hope to see you there and please RSVP to: AMAUER@MILLERHULL.COM

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's Story...

"Yo, you own a Chevy?" Miguel asked. "No", I replied. "I just like to think about the story this old Chevy could tell." Miguel responded in a soft Hispanic voice, "Go ahead and take your pictures, but this ol girl does have some stories." He continued, "I bought her almost new from the owner of the farm were I worked up in Salinas. It saw some long hard dusty days. My daughter was almost born in her, but we made it in time to the doctors. She made it to her First Communion in her, with her new shiney black shoes. Later, her Quinceanera in her, even to her Wedding with that gleaming white dress on." I took a few shots of the old but still glistening classic grill and asked, "Is it for sale?" Miguel said "Na, it's going to be my grandsons sons car when he can drive." I smiled and said, "Fair enough, I like its story!"

This image made its debut at ArtWalk in San Diego, with several matted prints being sold. The one shown here is a high gloss print on metal. It's presented as a double float with a custom metal backing, framing the print all around. It includes a hanger on the back, ready to hang and enjoy. This one is a 16"x 24" and is beautiful to see in person. Signed, with a numbered certificate of authenticity. It's $595 plus tax, and includes shipping in the US. Let me know if you would like to add it to your art collection. I'm here.


Monday, June 5, 2017

The Compressor Gallery Collection

What could be said about the famous livery on the 1988 Porsche 962C, Chassis no. 962-138? Everyone knows the color of "Jagermeister." This 962 packs a 3-liter twin-turbo and was campaigned for two years in the FIA's World Sports Car Races. What makes it special, it boasts the only Porsche officially-certified full carbon tub ever made offering strength and safety over the...aluminium alternative. A rare racer, indeed! And now you can own it...

Introducing one of the "Compressor Gallery Collection." These are smaller art pieces made just like my larger ones seen at shows and the "Gallery By The Sea Carmel." with my custom double float design. Why this size, you ask? Some simply just don't have the room for the larger pieces, and these can be collected and grouped together. The gloss image is 8"x 12" floated on a custom brushed metal backing of 10"x 14" signed on the back and including a hanger ready to be put up and enjoyed. Be the first to collect one of these. $185 includes shipping in the U.S.

Compressor Gallery Collection, "Orange Crush"

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Commanding a Space...

Wearing the iconic Gulf-Wyer livery, 917-004 was the first car supplied to the John Wyer factory-backed team for the 1970 season. It was also one of the 25 original Group 5 homologation cars that Porsche presented to the FIA in 1969. Competing at the Nurburgring in 1969 it claimed an eighth place finish and the first 917 to complete a full race distance.

This print called "Number 9" printed in high gloss on metal was first shown at the Gallery by the Sea Carmel last summer, and became an instant hit selling several out of the double float edition of 30. When you see it in person, 917-004 commands the space, owning its real estate on your wall.

If you are interested in adding one to your collection, contact me here.

"Number 9" 
Available in 16"x 24" and 24"x 36"

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's on the Camera card...

Whatever you call it; rust, crust, preservation or seems the talk always centers around barn finds, yard finds, or just plain old parking-lot finds. Well you know me and I'll try to do my part in promoting this type of thing! I've shot some cool Ford stuff that collectors have snatched up and at the last ArtWalk in San Diego's Little Italy, my Chevy print on metal was a big hit. The old gas station shot with a crusted Porsche in it had people going crazy! OK, now what? Well I had a few walk into my tent and ask, do you have any Dodge images? All I could say was, "Yes, but they are still on my camera card."

So here you go, you're the first to see this release of my favorite Dodge image. It's one that will get printed on metal with a double float for a show later this year. If you can't wait to get a yours, send me an email, here.

"Getting Dodgey" comes in 8"x 12", 12"x 18", 16"x 24", and 24"x 36"

Monday, May 15, 2017

To This Day When I Hear That Melody

In the mid 60's many adults viewed drag racing with disdain, a pastime for hoodlums and delinquents. To them, drag-strips were one step up from seedy bars, pool halls and other dens of no-good, so kids took to the streets. Racing on the street back then was an every Friday and Saturday night adventure fueled by speed, noise, and beating the guy next to you at the stop light. The good part, there were far fewer cars on the streets back then. When I came upon this green beauty, it took me back to those days, the days of the melody of weekend nights on the boulevard. .

Message me if you're interested in possessing, acquiring, obtaining or stealing an image of this. You can reach me, here.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

You Go Girl...

Although most of my automotive art images are done with vivid color these days, I still love B/W. That's how I started out as a pre-teen, with my parents driving me to the beach to take surfing photos with my 35mm and telephoto lens in B/W film days back in '63. Where have all those years gone, I ask myself? I still do some B/W, but not much in automotive photography...however it still whispers in my ear and says something...

I wanted to share this image with you, a young woman driving at speed, photograph by Andre Kertesz, 1928.

Monday, May 1, 2017

What People Say and Do...

With ArtWalk just finishing, I thought I would share some thoughts because I'm often asked, "Should I enter an art festival?"

So you want to enter a fine art festival with your photography, do you? Well, read on. The show starts by reading all the info the show sends out to the artists telling them everything they need to know, from directions on how to get there, to when to pack it up. It's not really surprising to me how many artist don't or can't read, but that's another story. The day of the show begins with booth set up, then highly scientific placement of the art (with a smile). As the public starts to stream in, the questions start. Examples; "Who took these photos?" "Can I hang here because it's shady." "Boy you must have a great camera!" "Where do you get that printed?" "Is that the real price?" Mother to her daughter, "You can do that with your cell phone camera." It goes on and on, but what makes it really worth showing and selling is when someone walks in, and with one verbal discharge says, "Wow!" Yep, that's what it's all about. Oh yeah, it's also nice to have people see a value in your work, that they will pay to have it hanging in their home, office, or garage! Thanks to those that came out to the show! It was all good...

Some shots from last weekend...

The set-up...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mission Federal ArtWalk ...It's here!

It's here, one of the biggest and best art festivals west of the Mississippi, the Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego's Little Italy! A weekend of cool art, music, and just plain fun. Last year I was showing very little automotive photography, mostly other types of images. However, I did take a few auto related matted prints and they were flying out of my booth. Well this year it's all automotive, nothing but!  And hey, did I mention that Monique will have her art in a booth next to me? So, how can you miss that? Be there!

My booth is #318 at the corner of India and Cedar street, right across the street from the Burger Lounge patio. Hours, 11am to 6pm on April 29 & 30, 2017.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"The Porsche RSR"

"The Porsche RSR" a highly worked on print with filter light leaks, reflects the wild back and forth I go  through contemplating, do I make it a perfect representation of what I captured, or something different. You never know what will trip someones trigger. This one sold off of Facebook...

By the way, if you're on FB you can connect with me, here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday Night with Man's Best Friend....

Occasionally when the moon is just right or maybe the sun hits me a bit too hard the idea for an image comes to mind. The thought of spending some time cruising at night with man's best friend, what could be better...?

Let me introduce you to "Saturday Night." This is the first time anyone has seen this new image. It's an 16" x 24" print on metal with a double float custom metal backing framing the image ready to hang and enjoy. It's the #1 artist proof so don't miss out. Message me if you're interested in possessing, acquiring, obtaining or stealing my art. You can reach me, here.

"Saturday Night"  © John Straub