I’m Getting Bugged Shooting Up and Down The Same Old Strip

4 06 2012

My weekends seem to be getting swallowed whole so you’ll have to take me as I am this Monday. I know I said I’d try to publish the car post on my “off” days this weekend but I didn’t quite get to it. I’m not one for excuses but I’ll tell you why because it’s a cool story. A few of my church leaders made a trip to  NY to participate in a program called Metro Ministries. Basically this is an outreach program for kids in some of Brooklyn’s roughest neighborhoods. Pastor Bill founded the program in 1980 and has since been beaten, stabbed, and shot, but after years of ministering, he’s gained the respect of even harden criminals and Gang members. When our pastors were sent out into the neighborhoods for part of their community outreach, they were given a shirt with three bears on it and told to wear it at all times, it was their “bullet proof vest.” When my pastor stumbled into a a gang dispute that was about to get violent, they saw his shirt, greeted him as a “yogi bear” (a pet name for the leaders in Metro Ministries,) and all walked away in different directions.  This took up my weekend because we’re adopting the model for children’s outreach in my community. We don’t have too many hardened criminals in little Greenwood, SC, but we’re very excited about outreach in our community. With no further ado, let’s look at some cars. :)

The toughest part about these pictures was getting into the fence. I passed this junk yard on my way home and saw a guy working on an old Trans-Am. The yard was completely fenced in and the gate was locked even though he was there. I parked in the median and walked across the road to talk to the guy. I greeted him with a smile and introduced myself and he asked a bit suspiciously “what do you want?” I told him I was a photo blogger, because he clearly looked like he knew what that was, and asked if I could come in and take a few pictures. The response was a pretty flat “no.” I asked again and promised to stay out of his way. He asked me where I was from and softened up a bit when he found out I was local. He told me his only concern was me getting hurt and making a claim against his insurance but I assured him I would be careful and if anything did happen I wouldn’t bring him into it. He finally conceded to let me in provided I didn’t touch anything.

I think it’s a lot tougher to shoot an interesting subject. These old cars are absolutely fascinating so it takes a lot of self control to keep from just standing back and taking shots of the whole car. The tenancy is to think “this is a really cool car, with a subject like this I don’t need to get a unique perspective.” I had the same problem in Las Vegas. I turned into a total tourist for the first 2 days and was very disappointed when I realized my first hundred pictures in one of the most unique cities on earth turned out to be snapshots. My advice to beat the snapshot syndrome is to take a second and think how can I take a picture of this that no one else has thought of yet. Granted it’s hard to find an angle on a car that no one has snapped on any car ever, but trying to really gets the wheels turning  (pun intended.)

Something about these old run down cars makes me really proud of how far we’ve come. The past 50 years have had a lot of advancements to make the world a different place. Two posts ago I got a little stuck in the past but my wonderful readers reminded me that “life moves forward.” The phases of society and culture are fascinating. The way the world is constantly jumping from one trend to another. But underneath the superfluous gossip and fads, we’re growing. We’re getting smarter. Eventually we’ll get past some of the silly stuff slowing us down. Perhaps we’ll see the start of the next renaissance in our lifetime.

Don’t forget to follow the blog and leave me a comment if you enjoyed today’s post. Fun Fact, I’ve checked my stats and found my top non-English speaking country for visitors right now is Germany so… Machts gut! Alles Gute! Bis zum nächsten Mal! And to the rest of you, goodbye until next time! -Arley

P.S. Since some of my visitors might not get the title. It’s a play on the lyrics of a Beach Boys Song. :)

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28 responses

4 06 2012
Andra Watkins

Love the Oldsmobile shot.

5 06 2012
96arley

Thanks!

4 06 2012
Mary Lou Rutledge

I do love old cars! Thanks for the lesson on perspective. Got my wheels turning! Great about the Metro ministries. What a blessing.

5 06 2012
96arley

Glad you enjoyed it!

4 06 2012
kocart

Yours is a completely awesome blog. You bring photography home and it’s really fun to read. I have had the suspicious greeting on occasion–both while doing photography, and while exploring genealogy research–but I have found usually the direct, honest approach works best. I seldom find the door closed after a little persuasion, and the results have sometimes been spectacular. Ok, at least acceptable! ;-D

5 06 2012
96arley

Haha, I’ve noted in a couple of my posts with shots of people that a smile will do the trick most days. Let me know if you trace your family tree back to the Stones of Surry and if you’re in the mood for a feud I’ve got Hatfield and McCoy in my blood. :)

4 06 2012
Regina (Gina) Arnold

Great post and totally terrific shots of these old cars. If they could only talk :-)

5 06 2012
96arley

A pictures worth a thousand words :)

4 06 2012
Emilio

Old cars have character – nowadays, for the most part, they all look similar.

5 06 2012
96arley

I’m sure in 50 years they’ll say the same thing about my Corolla :) Or maybe they’ll be saying “Old cars had wheels” LOL

4 06 2012
Chanel Hason

Congrats~I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

http://photoscience.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/the-versatile-blogger-award-i-feel-so-honored/

Please view the nomination page- and follow the rules to accept the award.

Cheers!
-Chanel

5 06 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’ve gotten this one a few times but I appreciate your consideration!

5 06 2012
Chanel Hason

Well then re-congrats on being awesome :)

5 06 2012
96arley

LOL, thanks :)

4 06 2012
Judy

Great post. Nice to hear of the outreach ministries and love the cool car photos!

5 06 2012
96arley

Thanks Judy, I appreciate you stopping by!

5 06 2012
William

Your pastor epitomizes selflessness. His dedication and faith are inspiring! Pics of rusted cars – win, just like pics of rusted gates :)

5 06 2012
96arley

Thanks, I guess I should make myself a little more clear, while my pastor does epitomize selflessness, the pastor I was mentioning up there is in NY, my pastor just went and spent a week under his tutelage

5 06 2012
victoriaaphotography

Love the angles and compositions of your car shots.

(between you & me, I think we’re slowing down and forgetting how to use our brains, not speeding up. Society relies too much on modern technology for everything – and most city children don’t know how to do anything for themselves or think creatively. Just as well there’s a few country children who know how to kick a ball and climb a tree – but that’s just my opinion)..

5 06 2012
96arley

I think it’s okay to use the technology we have. It saves us a lot of time and money but I think it’s just as important to replace that extra time with something more productive than TV and video games. I guess it’s like photography. When half the manual steps are taken care of, you shouldn’t get lazy, you should get more creative. Find a new way to set yourself apart. I use auto ISO a lot, since I don’t have to think about that, I can focus on getting more creative.

5 06 2012
rigmover

One of my fav subjects, I love old American cars.

5 06 2012
96arley

They’re a lot of fun to shoot, Thanks for stopping by!

5 06 2012
RC

One word … CLASSICS!!! :)

5 06 2012
southernjohnson

Totally enjoyed this! Especially the story about your ministry! Very cool! :)

6 06 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it!

6 06 2012
Dezra Despain

I hear you loud and clear on taking “snapshot” photos. I want to show what I see because it so fascinates me, and what I see is the big picture. But the camera can’t see what I see so I am always disappointed in the “big picture” shots. However, I’ve conceded to allow myself to take those images just to satisfy that part of me (and who knows, they may be needed for context at some time). Then I go for the detail, like you did with those gorgeous photos of the cars.

6 06 2012
96arley

There’s a lot of value in being able to enjoy a personal photo. After years of taking professional pictures, it gets tough to take a blurry snapshot of your nephews or nieces and still love it. I’ve realized that the subject is a lot more important than the technical quality when you’re shooting something you love for yourself though.

14 06 2012
eof737

Love those old cars; so much zip and character. ;-)

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