Reflections On a Car Show
Automotive fine artist Tom Hale has made a career out of capturing the way that light and images reflect off of the chrome and painted surfaces of cars. Hale’s signature style has been widely imitated, but he’s still the master at it. I take thousands of photographs of cars at car shows and I never considered reflections until I discovered that I had shot a perfect side view of a piano black Hispano Suiza town car which I could not use because on a door panel there was a mirror image of a chubby guy in bicycle spandex taking a photograph (I had ridden my bike to events that day).
More recently, I was editing photos from this year’s Concours of America at St. John’s and the distorted image of an early 1960s Jensen that was sweeping across the curves of a Franay-bodied Bentley caught my eye. Inspired by Hale, I decided to crop more photos that had reflected images.
See if you can tell what car is being reflected and what car is doing the reflecting. I tried to crop the reflections rather tightly to make it more of a challenge.
Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS
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