Friday, April 22, 2016

"Mission Federal Art Walk 2016" is here...


"Mission Federal Art Walk, Little Italy" is just around the corner, in fact, it's going to hit us in the face. This April 30th through May 1st, Little Italy's vibrant streets will be spilling over with color for the 32nd year. It really does have something for every art lover and one of the things that makes it so special is, you get to meet the artists, over 350 of them. But, I'm not here to tell you about the other artists, I'm here to tell you I will have a booth full of sweet color botanical images, framed and ready to hang, as well as some special black and whites. You can preview some of my images on my site: JohnStraubImageWorks.com

So, come by, check out my art, in booth 318, at the corner of India and Cedar. You never know, you may find that unique image that you can't pass up.

Here's a link to Mission Federal Art Walk.

Friday, April 8, 2016

One of the Best...Dorothea Lange

When I think of photographers, my thoughts always turn to one of my favorites, Dorothea Lange. She was known best for her Depression-era photography for the Farm Security Administration. One of her best know images is one called "mere migante" (migrant mother), shot in 1936. The image was one of a woman holding her children under a tent in Nipomo, California. Lange had spent a month driving the central valley documenting what impact the federal programs had in the rural area, when she came upon the migrant camp. There's a link later where you can read in her own words what made her turn around on a rainy day when she saw a "Pea-Pickers Camp" sign on her way home from shooting. She only took 5 shots that day. One of them ending up to be her most iconic image.

Anyway, I was fascinated by the fact in this image, she was sitting on her car with camera in hand to get a shot.

Dorothea on her 1933 Ford Model C Wagon. The camera, Graflex 5x7  Series D. Photo credit Wikipedia

Friday, March 25, 2016

Speaking About Road Trips...Decaying Dreams #22

Yep, speaking about road trips in the last post, this image was captured while I was researching areas around the Salton Sea. I happened on this bullet ridden abandoned shack and water tower. Standing and staring, the bright silver belly tank perched upon the tower just spoke to me. I think the best images, impress some kind of emotion on the viewer. How about you?

Decaying Dreams #22

This is from my "Decaying Dreams " collection and is printed on special B/W archival paper. The image is 12"x 18" and is matted, with a black museum frame 18"x 24", ready to hang, and enjoy. It's the A/P out of a limited edition, signed and was shown at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $395 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. The number 1/25 SOLD. The A/P will be available at Art Walk Little Italy.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

George Barris at Monterey Car Week

I was going to post about George Barris some time ago, but you know how things go...

I shot this about three years ago during the Monterey Car Week
 at the Automotive Fine Arts Society show at Pebble Beach. 
The self-proclaimed "King of the Kustomizers" passed away at his home in Encino, California last November 5th. He was 89, and even at that age he was a regular at car events, constantly shaking hands, signing autographs, and bringing his classic smile to warm the hearts of everyone. The last time I saw him was two years ago at the Los Angeles Auto show, and as I did always, posed to get a selfie with him.

George started out like a lot of us, building model cars and modifying them as a kid. It was only natural that he should do the same thing on a larger scale. He started a customizing business with his brother in Lynwood, L.A. after the war, there chopping and sectioning countless cars, including the era-defining Matranga 1940 Mercury and the Hirohata 1951 Mercury. He built cars for television shows as well as celebrities such as Sonny and Cher, Elton John, even John Wayne. He truly was a classic, just like the cars he created and I'm sure he will always be remembered by the rod and custom community. Godspeed, George!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Andreas Feininger

This is a rather unusual image for Andreas Feininger. I'm sure it was captured while he was on assignment for "Life" magazine, freelancing from 1943 until 1962. The reason for posting, I think it's just classic route 66 for those of us just that enjoy going on road trips.

Andreas Feininger image, Seligman Arizona, 1947

Feininger became famous for his dynamic black-and-white photographs of New York, other frequent subjects among his works were science and nature, as seen in his bones, shells, plants, and minerals in the images of which he often stressed structure. Rarely did he photograph people or make portraits.

During his career,  he wrote comprehensive manuals about photography, of which the best know is The Complete Photographer. He passed away in 1999. If you have some time google his name, and check out his very cool images of scenes of Manhattan back in the day.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Coronado Speed Festival...A Chamber Day in Coronado

As the cars roared by during the Coronado Speed Fest, there was a click of my camera...caught it! A Chamber of Commerce shot with San Diego's skyline as the backdrop for a race image.

This is a commission shot of the ex-Jerry Kuhn Camaro, now owned by Mike Gagen. The back story of this image, goes like this. It needed to be an afternoon shot to have the sun radiating off the car, as well as the city skyline. The race group would only run once in that time slot, so I needed to find the location on the track to capture both at the perfect time. The camera speed and aperture was set so it would show a clear background, but blurred wheels and blurred foreground to relay a sense of speed.

Mike had the 24" x 36" image professionally framed, and here it is finished.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Mobile Camera...

It made me feel good to see this old image. So I decided to show it to you, because it has a bike and camera in it. This here was made back in the days when creators were creators, and not some skinny hippie kid who would put a crimp in a sheet of now-a-days ultra-thin sheet metal and call it the day in the design studio.


Actually, the camera looks kinda' like a, Agfa Ansco that I just put on my photo site, you gotta' check it out, here.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Sometimes Things Just Click...

I just love it when things are unplanned and go right.

I had taken my camera down to Palm Springs to take some shots at a Porsche RGruppe weekend, and one of the other events going on at the same time was a Cruisin' Association cruise night. One thing led to another, I met some friends, Robert and JoAnne Trinkle with their new gorgeous '32 rod at the cruise and grabbed my camera and snapped this image. The Eight Ball...


The cool thing is, I posted it on Facebook, they emailed me and said they just had to have a print. A 16" x 24" printed on archival metallic paper is on its way to hang in their great room! Sweet!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

That Time of Year...


It's that time of year and I can hear you ask, "What are you thankful for this year, John?" Well, I'm thankful for, number one, my wife's and my health. It also goes without saying, with the volume of emails that all of us receive, I'm thankful for you taking the blog into your lives, I understand, that's a big get. As you probably have noticed, I have changed it over to more of a photography blog showcasing and selling my art. Oh yeah, there will still be some car stories and images, but you can also follow along on my adventures out shooting all types of images that will be used at shows including the Mission Federal Art Walk in April 2016.

So, to all of you, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and I hope you have a safe and very prosperous New Year!
             John

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Very Delightful Night...

You never know when something is gonna' hit you in the face. As a follow up to the small show I did last weekend at the gallery called "Art On 30th"...I had a wonderful surprise, that made the night. No, I didn't sell out, something better. A longtime friend I hadn't seen in years came to visit me to check out my images and say hi.

Bob Lampert on the left.

I would call him the best photographer that I know, bar none. He's also a long time Porsche owner, and I still remember his beautiful longhood. Anyway, here's a little background on Bob Lampert along with some of his very cool images.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Art On 30th

Well it's the Holidays and guess what, I'll be participating in the "Art On 30th" year end sale. Some of my "Vintage" framed prints will be on sale for a very small sum of $99. They're 8" x 12" printed on archival metallic paper, matted. signed, and framed at a size of 18" x 22" with barnwood frames.

So bring your Big Bens (the president on a $100 bill) and take home a piece of original signed artwork. I'll be upstairs in the 30th street gallery in my wife's art studio and while you're there you can check out her awesome paintings.


Saturday night, December 12th, 5:00-8:00 pm.
Art On 30th, 4434 30th Street, San Diego, CA.
Here's a link for more info.   arton30th.com

Friday, December 4, 2015

A Short "Thank You"...

Just a short "Thank You" to those of you that have come out to see my B/W images at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. Thank you!

If you have not seen it yet, here is one on display. How about this for a car port? The show will come down this Monday the 7th. after December Nights.
Click on it to get a hi-res. look. Image, © John Straub