Artist's Statement

I didn't set out to take photos of antique cars and trucks. In fact, the subject vehicle works more as a "vehicle" for my art than as a subject. My automotive art evolved from my love of creating unaltered photographs of things we cannot see or don't notice.

I have a great love for the unique cars of my childhood. My dad's "family van" was a black 1951 DeSoto limousine! I start with the vehicle as a full canvas and search through the lens for the parts and angles of the canvas which catch my mind's eye. The transition from three to two dimensions, of subjects already distorted by curved surfaces and multiplied by reflection, often produces unpredictable results, thus recapturing an altered dimension — the stuff of photographic magic.

My first significant antique car photo was not planned as such. I had set out to take a long-exposure night shot of a town square with streaks from taillights and a crescent moon shining above the buildings. A 1960's Cadillac, resplendent with tail fins, happened to park in the foreground of the location while I was retrieving my camera, and made the shot.

After that first shot, I was hooked. I began showing up at antique car shows. The new realm of chrome reflections as viewed through my "looking glass" transports me into other dimensions. To my amazement, I discovered an annual antique truck show at the nearby state forest with the widest expanses of shiny chrome I could ever wish for! Thus began my chrome dreams...

—Gloria Kegeles