Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's on the Camera card...

Whatever you call it; rust, crust, preservation or seems the talk always centers around barn finds, yard finds, or just plain old parking-lot finds. Well you know me and I'll try to do my part in promoting this type of thing! I've shot some cool Ford stuff that collectors have snatched up and at the last ArtWalk in San Diego's Little Italy, my Chevy print on metal was a big hit. The old gas station shot with a crusted Porsche in it had people going crazy! OK, now what? Well I had a few walk into my tent and ask, do you have any Dodge images? All I could say was, "Yes, but they are still on my camera card."

So here you go, you're the first to see this release of my favorite Dodge image. It's one that will get printed on metal with a double float for a show later this year. If you can't wait to get a yours, send me an email, here.

"Getting Dodgey" comes in 8"x 12", 12"x 18", 16"x 24", and 24"x 36"

Monday, May 15, 2017

To This Day When I Hear That Melody

In the mid 60's many adults viewed drag racing with disdain, a pastime for hoodlums and delinquents. To them, drag-strips were one step up from seedy bars, pool halls and other dens of no-good, so kids took to the streets. Racing on the street back then was an every Friday and Saturday night adventure fueled by speed, noise, and beating the guy next to you at the stop light. The good part, there were far fewer cars on the streets back then. When I came upon this green beauty, it took me back to those days, the days of the melody of weekend nights on the boulevard. .

Message me if you're interested in possessing, acquiring, obtaining or stealing an image of this. You can reach me, here.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

You Go Girl...

Although most of my automotive art images are done with vivid color these days, I still love B/W. That's how I started out as a pre-teen, with my parents driving me to the beach to take surfing photos with my 35mm and telephoto lens in B/W film days back in '63. Where have all those years gone, I ask myself? I still do some B/W, but not much in automotive photography...however it still whispers in my ear and says something...

I wanted to share this image with you, a young woman driving at speed, photograph by Andre Kertesz, 1928.

Monday, May 1, 2017

What People Say and Do...

With ArtWalk just finishing, I thought I would share some thoughts because I'm often asked, "Should I enter an art festival?"

So you want to enter a fine art festival with your photography, do you? Well, read on. The show starts by reading all the info the show sends out to the artists telling them everything they need to know, from directions on how to get there, to when to pack it up. It's not really surprising to me how many artist don't or can't read, but that's another story. The day of the show begins with booth set up, then highly scientific placement of the art (with a smile). As the public starts to stream in, the questions start. Examples; "Who took these photos?" "Can I hang here because it's shady." "Boy you must have a great camera!" "Where do you get that printed?" "Is that the real price?" Mother to her daughter, "You can do that with your cell phone camera." It goes on and on, but what makes it really worth showing and selling is when someone walks in, and with one verbal discharge says, "Wow!" Yep, that's what it's all about. Oh yeah, it's also nice to have people see a value in your work, that they will pay to have it hanging in their home, office, or garage! Thanks to those that came out to the show! It was all good...

Some shots from last weekend...

The set-up...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mission Federal ArtWalk ...It's here!

It's here, one of the biggest and best art festivals west of the Mississippi, the Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego's Little Italy! A weekend of cool art, music, and just plain fun. Last year I was showing very little automotive photography, mostly other types of images. However, I did take a few auto related matted prints and they were flying out of my booth. Well this year it's all automotive, nothing but!  And hey, did I mention that Monique will have her art in a booth next to me? So, how can you miss that? Be there!

My booth is #318 at the corner of India and Cedar street, right across the street from the Burger Lounge patio. Hours, 11am to 6pm on April 29 & 30, 2017.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"The Porsche RSR"

"The Porsche RSR" a highly worked on print with filter light leaks, reflects the wild back and forth I go  through contemplating, do I make it a perfect representation of what I captured, or something different. You never know what will trip someones trigger. This one sold off of Facebook...

By the way, if you're on FB you can connect with me, here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday Night with Man's Best Friend....

Occasionally when the moon is just right or maybe the sun hits me a bit too hard the idea for an image comes to mind. The thought of spending some time cruising at night with man's best friend, what could be better...?

Let me introduce you to "Saturday Night." This is the first time anyone has seen this new image. It's an 16" x 24" print on metal with a double float custom metal backing framing the image ready to hang and enjoy. It's the #1 artist proof so don't miss out. Message me if you're interested in possessing, acquiring, obtaining or stealing my art. You can reach me, here.

"Saturday Night"  © John Straub

Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Men were Men... Hulme, Moss, and Surtees

Do you ever kick open the time machine door and look back? I sometimes wonder where all the years of this long road of life have gone. To me time seems to fly as we get older, at least it appears to do so. To that end, maybe years ago you had the chance to see or meet someone you looked up to as a hero, I did. I would see these ex-Formula 1 racers at Monterey during the Historic races, just a glimpse at times, then to say hi as they walked by. You ask, "Why am I writing about this?" Well, another one has left all of us behind with only memories. John Surtees passed recently joining Denny Hulme. Stirling Moss is still with us, and was racing at Laguna just a few years ago. This photo is a tribute to a time when they were together, laughing and enjoying the time off track.

As I sit here, I offer a toast to the memories and making this trip worthwhile...

Left to right: Denny Hulme, Stirling Moss and John Surtees.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Black and White Kinda' Night... Salton Sea

"Decaying Dreams" sounds pretty bleak... On Saturday night the 25th I'll be having an exhibition of my "Decaying Dreams" museum B/W images from the Salton Sea. These are the artist proofs from my personal collection of a limited edition from the series. There will also be numerous other open studios along with the "Art On 30th" gallery show in the main gallery. Well..., that all sounded pretty stuffy, didn't it? Anyway, hope I see you there and you know I'm not a stuffy kinda' guy!

Here's the info: Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, 4434 30th St, San Diego, CA. 92116. The show runs from 6pm to 8pm on March 25th. My studio is #4.

One of the "Decaying Dreams" images on display. ©John Straub

Friday, March 10, 2017

Why Listen to Everyone...?

Staying close to those that "Get you," you know, understand you and respect the crazy diamond that you are, is important. I would hear, "Don't shoot into the sun, don't shoot into the sun" over and over until I said, "Why not!" Oh, I know it's hard to get the exposure right and you get lens flair, but that's what makes it a challenge and when the flair adds something special to the image, you gotta' smile. This is one of those shots that I did for myself, not intended to be printed.

So what do you think?

Monday, March 6, 2017

L.A. Lit. Meet ...It was a Wrap

It's always so much fun seeing friends at shows! To all of you that came by my art booth at the L.A. Lit Meet and then the Swap Meet the following day, "Thank You." To those of you that signed up for my blog, again, "Thank You" and stay tuned for more. And not to be left out, to those of you that purchased a treasure from me, "Thank You!" All of you guys and girls, rock big time!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hocking my Wears...

This dye-infused print on metal "Stacks" sold a little bit ago. It was so much fun to deliver this to a total car guy and Trans-Am racer so he could add it to his art collection. Thanks to everyone who continues to buy my art, and their support of the arts! Without your support there truly would be less good art in the world...

By the way, I'll be at the L.A. Lit Meet at the Airport Hilton next Saturday the 4th, and also in the vendor tent the day after with my Porsche prints. Stop by, say hi and find something to take home with you. Be there or be square...

"Stacks" off to a new home.