Photo Essay

Flat Tire Series

1960 Buick LaSabre

Running thru Richland Hills and into Ft Worth, TX, Belknap Street was the main thoroughfare in the 1940's and '50s. Lined with all sorts of businesses, it was the heart of commerce in its prime. Time passes, and everything changes. Businesses move to newer, more lucrative and modern areas of the city. Streets like Belknap suddenly find themselves aged and on the shabby side.

Today Belknap is still worn in comparison to newer strip mall areas of town. It is lined with an eclectic array of businesses, from the gentleman's stripper club, the biker bar, to the BBQ joint and home cooking cafes. Car lots "Tote the Note", and repair shops keep them on the road after the sale. Surrounding neighborhoods are a diverse patchwork of cultures and immigrants from many countries, all here chasing the American Dream.

Belknap is a street I like to cruise down, camera in the seat beside me when I am not in a hurry to get somewhere. I never know what I will find to interest my lens. On a recent cruise, specifically looking for something to photograph, I noticed a new (to me at least) business had sprung up on a large car lot.

These were not the usual contemporary used cars, but the lot is filled with old cars, vintages from the 1940's thru the early 1970's muscle car era. Big cars, born before the first "oil crisis" of the 1970s, when the price of a gallon of gas was hardly given a fleeting thought. Big cars, with acres of sheet metal. The cars of my youth.

A quick U-turn, and I had my camera out and I was roaming among the fins, fenders, and the styling that graced new car showrooms 50 years ago. I have always appreciated the metal sculpture that sold these road monsters to my father and car buyers of the day.

Searching out photo compositions of the styling details of fender, grill, and bumper, I noticed that most of the tires were flat. The idea suddenly occurred to me to incorporate a flat tire with the distinctive styling cues of these iconic models. So, here I give you the "Flat Tire Series".

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  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (24 Oct 2008):

    Great series. Wonderful tones on all these photos and an excellent companion of a story.

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