ONCE UPON A TIME, I could have cared less about car shows. They held no interest for me. Or so I thought.
But then a few years back, I tagged along with my husband to a local car show, camera in hand, and I was hooked.
It’s not the make or model or engine or such that typically draws my interest. Rather, it’s the art of the vehicles and my ability to view a car show with a photographer’s eye.
I find myself seeking our hood ornaments, the curve of a fender, the shine of a gleaming bumper. Anything artsy. Or unique. Or interesting.
Awhile ago, a Chicago ad agency contacted me about using a car show image of a rippled, shiny bumper. The offer for my photo, one of six being considered for a nation-wide ad campaign for a car wax company, was wildly substantial. In the end, mine was not chosen.
But this experience taught me to value every photo I take, even those shot at the car shows I once dismissed.
It’s not only the photo op aspect I enjoy, though. It’s also the opportunity to stroll along the street of my historic downtown in the gloaming of the day, chatting with friends and car collectors alike.
Talking cars. Talking family. Talking while the sun fades and Johnny Cash rumbles “Ring of Fire,” his throaty, husky words bouncing between buildings.
FYI: Faribault Car Cruise Night is held from 6 – 9 p.m. the third Friday of every month during the summer with upcoming shows set for July 18 and August 15. The event is held on Central Avenue in downtown Faribault.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling