Beyond all others, my favorite car has always been the Austin Healey 3000 MK III. Ownership of a MKIII remains a dream. A distant 2nd on my list was the Volkswagen Beetle Type I. To me both are character cars.
We had a blue 1968 ‘V Dub’, a Type I. It was brand new and lasted until our family grew. Size then began to matter. I wish we still had that little blue beetle.
Some are still on the road. The sound of their noisy exhaust pipes, unmistakable. Sadly, many others are inoperable and can be seen as relics in back yards, vacant lots or in lonely sections of farmers’ fields rusted out amongst other irrelevant junk.
Last week, while exploring for photo opportunities near Witty’s Lagoon and Albert Head in Metchosen, B.C. we chanced upon a farm yard with this wrecked ‘V Dub’ resting near a back fence. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. As the 19th century scientist, Louis Pasteur, said, “chance favors the prepared mind.”
Often in our travels I’ve observed relics of old cars and trucks resting in roadside properties. Creative ideas flowed with many ideas imagined. As I made a series of image of this particular find, I visualized a workflow that would result in a creative interpretation of the scene before me.
The composition I chose to work with was a vertical. I felt it more effectively showed the car blending into the world in which it lives. As I composed my images I carefully thought about each element to reduce or hopefully eliminate the need to crop out unwanted objects.
Plugins from NIK Software and Topaz Labs that work within the Photoshop framework are ideal for what I was hoping to achieve. After performing a few basic adjustments in Lightroom I moved the image off to Photoshop and my plugins where the creative possibilities are endless.
This old relic and its gritty surroundings instilled a feeling of nostalgia within me. I wondered how long it had been there and if it would ever feel the loving hands of a restorer.