Metaphors in Motion

the "MIM" story


On a beautiful spring day, in 1958, I was hanging around outside in the yard when I heard a most unusal sound. I could not imagine what it was. I looked around as a silver space ship pulls into my drive way with dad behind the wheel. My head was spinning. The door opened to reveal a red leather interior not to mention that incredible door itself. I was totally taken and amazed.

He opened the other side and noted the "SL 300 Mercedes Gullwing" name. Beckoning me inside I could feel and smell the difference from the Porsches, MG's, and other assorted sports cars that passed through our driveway. This was something special, I knew instinctively that this car was at another level.

Enclosing ourselves in this capusle off we went with a roar. Heading toward the Florida Turnpike mesmerized I watched Dad work the gears following the constant dance of the tachometer and the speedometer as we drove. Suddenly the acceleration started as Dad informed me to hold on "let's see what she will do". In a blaze I watched pressed up against my seat as we approached 140 mph. What a dream to go so fast especially in a car.

Fast forward several Alfa Romeros, a Masserati or two, a Porsche, my own TR 3A, Corvettes, TVR's, more Porsches and Cobras, etc. LATER and 20 plus years in the practice of Architecture in its many facets. I was photographing at the 2002 Brian Redman Classic races at Road America. While roaming the paddock I was taken by the variety of form, color, light, and reflection. At home reviewing my shots I realized you tell stories about brands through design using ideas, words, and images to create physical space or an experience. Why not apply this concept to telling a story about an automobile, a boat, a motorcycle, or a plane for that matter. Done as a series of images which capture the spirit of the object through details, light, form, function, and the environment. To take the concept further I decided to hang the images in tight grids depending on their numbers to contrast the images and present them more as a collage. (see installation concept) Subsequently I started photographing with this in mind.

I love the racetrack and have been lucky enough to photograph for Hazardous Sports, Speed Quest Racing, HyperSport Racing and more recently Beyer Racing.

Please contact me if you would like to have a unique "portrait" or "collection" of your collector vechicle or vechicles personally made for you.

I am also available to be your personal/Team photographer at the race track, show, or event contact me for further information and rates.