Another Look at Brent's '52 Chevy

I can't believe it has been three years since I first photographed Brent's 1952 Chevrolet. When he originally purchased the car, he was planning on keeping it as-is, as a side project to his '49 build. When he ran into issues with the engine, however, he went full in and has really transformed the car. This shoot was originally for an online publication, but that fell through, so I just wanted to share it with y'all. Brent is awesome dude, and his creativity is second to none in the area. 

Although Brent changed the direction away from the patina of the car as he found it, he has stuck to his guns of keeping the Chevrolet has a period-correct "hot-rod" build. To hear him say it, his goal to build a car that he would have built if he had bought the car in the fifties. The level of details, from the pin-up artwork to his own pinstriping, it all just works perfect and transports you back to mid-century America. 


As great as this car is, Brent will tell you that this isn't the final look. I love that he's constantly changing things and reinventing his projects, always introducing something interesting but staying true to the same fifties hot-rod theme. 

Film Shots: Justin Furness' Chevrolet Corvair

I first spotted Justin's Corvair a couple of years ago at the gas station down from Mercer, and honestly, just loved it. It exuded style, especially when compared to the transportation appliances that fill modern roads. I didn't have a chance to meet Justin until a few weeks ago when I happened to spot him getting out of the car along Tattnall Park when I was out on a bike ride. I introduced myself, gave him a card, and offered a shoot.

For this shoot with the Corvair, I wanted to keep the aesthetic rough. The car is unrestored, and seeing as Justin was smack dab in finals, he didn't have time for a detail. I decided to use Fuji Superia 400, a grainy, consumer-grade film that would flow with the lo-fi vibes of the car. These rolls were shot with my Nikon F100, and processed by The FIND Lab out of Utah.


Locals: Terrence's Chevelle

I'll admit that I'm largely ignorant of the "big rim" style and culture. I do know that this style, much like the stance scene, has largely been derided by traditional enthusiasts as an heretical approach to car modification.  Accusations range from subjective insults regarding looks and purpose, to valid concerns about diminished braking performance from the installation of wheels that are often 10" to 15" in diameter larger than the OEM equipment. Luckily, as a photographer, I'm mostly interested in what is visually interesting, so I'm able to leave the debates to other people with far more time on their hands than me. 

Spending as much time as I have in Atlanta and in Macon, these "donk style" (forgive me if my vernacular is off...) builds have always stood out in traffic, and I think that's what sparked my interest.  Despite my own OEM+ (read boring) approach to car modding, I respect someone that drive a car that can break every single neck on a street. Regardless of your interest in cars, when a candy- orange Chevelle with enormous chrome rims drives by - the sounds of an unhindered Chevrolet small block bouncing off the asphalt - you take notice, and you instantly form an opinion.  My late model Honda Fit on average looking wheels can't do that...ever. 

Simply put, I'd like to ask the viewer to reconsider what has been deemed ridiculous by mainstream automotive culture. The roots of this community are buried in the fringes of society, cultivated by the rebels and the outcasts. Yet, for many of us, the breadth of what we can appreciate is so narrow that we dismiss anything that doesn't tick the right boxes. Admittedly, I'm not going to buy a Caprice. I'm not going to paint the Fit anything that starts with "candy". And I'll probably never buy a set of wheels larger than 18". But the next time I see a "Big Rim" style vehicle, I'm going to give it and its owner the same chance I give any car. These guys are real enthusiasts, with the same passion that many of us have. Take a look at the details of the build and the quality of the work. I guarantee that if you approach with an open mind, you'll walk away impressed.