I noticed this “historical” tagged truck setting outside my office today and I found it humorous – humorous and truthful.
I went out to the sidewalk to take some photos of this gem. Normally, the Ohio “historical” tag is reserved for finely preserved show cars. This truck really didn’t fit that description, but it is in fact, “historical”.
While I was taking photos of the truck, a passer-by gave me an inquisitive look. This is a pretty common scenario for me because I take photos of many things that people just cannot understand why. If you don’t understand where I’m going with my photos, they subject matter can seem a bit absurd. I pointed to the license plate and said, “It’s historical!”. He just laughed and said, “Well hell, I’m historical too. Want a picture of me?”.
We joked a bit and he explained that he was downtown to get a special tag for his dog because he was Vet and he’d heard that he could get a companionship certification for his dog. Hope it gets it, but I can’t imagine the county building where he was heading to be helpful to anyone that isn’t going to fatten their government pension in one way or another. They’ll probably want him to pay some sort of county fee for this dog that calms him down.
This “historical” tag did get me thinking though. As I’ve gotten into photography, the side benefit is that I’ve learned history about the things that I’ve taken photos of. I’ve found that history really is a lot like this truck. True history is rough on the edges and full of all sorts of holes. It’s not cut and dried like the textbooks present it.
I was looking for photos that make me think about warmer weather and this Ford Mach 1 Mustang did the trick. It was taken at The Dixie Days Car Show in the Fall of 2013 in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Car show photos are something that I have not yet mastered, but I really like the results I get from a 50mm lens on a crop sensor Canon 20D camera. The lens is just enough to keep me from being right on top of the car and the crowd doesn’t realize that I’m shooting.
Strange enough, I find that people tend to gravitate in front of my camera at car shows. I don’t really mind, the cars are there for people to look at and not for me to take photos of, but I don’t concentrate of the photos I’d really like to take at the shows because of that. The hoods are always up which kind of ruins the photo too.
Not long now until decent weather as the temperature was 30 degrees today! We’re getting closer.
Every year Newark, Ohio has the “Light The Night” car show. The show raises money to decorate the Licking County Courthouse for Christmas. There seemed to be fewer cars this year, but still the majority of downtown was full.
I like the show because of the numerous range of cars. There is flat out junk, unassuming classics, to the usual classic show cars. Here are some photos of my favorites from this year.
|1956 Ford Thunderbird|
|Rat Rod At Newark, Ohio Light The Night Car Show|
|Army Deuce And Half Truck|
|Simple and classic Triumph motorcycle.|
|1959 Oldsmobile Electra|