As a photographer, it is my job to secure memories, to preserve a moment in time. But sometimes, you discover an opportunity to take a glimpse backwards and bring back a piece of the past.
That was the case with this shoot. I had come across an abandoned diner. It’s dilapidated state left me feeling like I needed to do something to preserve this piece of New Jersey history. So I took some pictures and went on my way. But the memory of this location stayed with me and I knew I would be going back, but this time I wouldn’t be alone.
A couple of years later, I started seeing images of this beautiful lead sled popping up on social networking sites. So I got in touch with the mechanic that had helped get it back on the road and set up a shoot. As you can see, this custom 1949 Mercury and the diner are a match made in heaven. Not only did I have this car there, but I also had a wonderful model to pose with it.
I had an image in mind, but when we got onsite and I saw the car sitting there, I started feeling rather nostalgic about an era that I wasn’t lucky enough to witness for myself. I could envision the diner in it’s heyday, with cars like this littering the parking lot…and that’s when my vision changed. I was shooting for the past as well as the present. And when the model dropped her retro “Chucks” in the middle of the parking lot, it created the scene pictured here.
With handcrafted frame made with reclaimed wood, satin black finish.
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30″ x 45″ sepia print, satin finish – $500.00