Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ferrari and Futurists

It's no surprise to most of you, I'm sure, that I like vintage cars. Cars that are works of art. Oh I know they are not like we get today from local dealers, heaters that work, air conditioners that keep us cool, and radios that we can actually hear while driving. But still, give me a vintage car to make me dream while I'm driving...

Well speaking of classic cars and art, they are having a meeting at the crossroads, at Heather James Fine Art Gallery in Palm Dessert until January 30, 2017. It's a show called "Ferrari and Futurists - an Italian Look at Speed." The show features four very rare Ferrari's such as, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta, a 1951 Ferrari 340 American Berlinetta, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale, and a 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica. The show was curated by Donald Osborne. They are presented in an absolutely beautiful setting along with classic and contemporary art, from artists such as Banksy, Picasso, Calder, Rockwell, and Claude Monet.

You know I had to get my Nikon out for this. Look for a future art shot coming...

Here's a link to the show at: Heather James Fine Art


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monterey Car Week "Nine over Nine..."

One of the projects over the last few months I've been involved with is a new coffee table book coming out, called "Nine over Nine." If you have ever been to Monterey Car Week during August, this will hit home. The background on the book, "Nine over Nine" was nine photographers shooting over nine days last August. I was contacted along with 8 other extraordinarily skilled professional photographers to cover as many of car week events and document them with photos capturing as many classic shots as we could. To be part of this is truly exciting, and to see it come to print is one of the highlights of this past year. It's now in the "kickstarter" mode and I've included a link for that, as well as some images of pages from the book. Be sure to click the link for more info on the book and watch the accompanying video.

Here's the link for the project, "Nine over Nine."


Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Four Cam" - Memories in your Hand

I had an urge to go photograph, but the weather wasn't cooperating. It was rather rainy and windy out at the time. So, I decided I needed to stop by a friends race shop, to check out what was on the burner. There it was, sitting in the corner half covered with a tarp, a "Four Cam." I blew the dust away and pulled back the cover. My first impression was the age old texture that was looking at me, not the milled out new stuff you see today. On closer inspection the time required to safety wire, as to say, "you'll finish the race," but then it sank in...how many races had this seen? A lifetime, I'm sure since the day it left the factory. If one could only hold those memories in your hand...

The image on top can be printed on aluminum as a double float. The same as the two images on the bottom example. The image sizes available are 16 x 24 and 24 x 36. Also the double float of custom aluminum adds 4" to those dimensions. They come signed and numbered with hangers on the back ready to be put up and enjoyed. I'm starting off the New Year with a special sale price on both sizes of this image. $995.00 for the 24 x 36 and $695.00 for the 16 x 24, including shipping in the US.


Metal Float Print


Friday, December 30, 2016

Rocketing Ahead...

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year to set our site on what's coming up. Well, I'll be showing at numerous shows this year; Porsche Lit Meet, Art Walk in Little Italy, monthly shows at Monique's gallery, and of course during Monterey Car Week. If you want to keep up to date on any of these as well as others, please check my "Shows and Exhibits" page on my photo site.

So here's to wishing you all the best for this coming year! Have fun, keep safe, and hopefully we'll see each other during the year!

This is "Atom" seen here.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HO, HO, HO...

With the new year just around the corner, gearing up for festival shows, gallery shows and more, I could spend my time telling you about that. But, no...

What I really want to say, is "Thank You"! I know everyones time is valuable and for you to spend the time to subscribe to my blog, check out my images, read my ramblings, or purchase pieces of art from me for your collections, humbles me. I wish I could thank every one of you personally. So, I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! I also wish you all the best for the coming new year!

Hopefully, we'll talk and cross paths in the not too distant future!







Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wild Horses...

You could call it..."wild horse roundup." It's actually called, "Along came the 918 Spyder" and just imagine the horses packed under this hood. It's one of the photographs in the "Metal Exposed" collection from the gallery show in Carmel this last summer. If you're interested in a double float print, just like was shown, and the sizes available send me an email for details, here.

The link to the hi-res is, just a click away.

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!