An Afternoon With The Lunchbox and The Wife

It's an amazing age we live in regardless of the state we live in. One of the youngest artforms now takes only moments, whereas in the recent past it was a significantly longer and laborious process. We can now capture a scene electronically on a reusable medium, alter the reality of your photo on a home computer, and within seconds share your product with billions of people. The history of photography is littered with dead technology, but it has come a long way.

What I find more amazing are the bonds created by those that have a passion for creating beautiful imagery. 

I've written about forming a friendship with the talented Josh Coleman of Lunchbox PhotoWorks before. He has mutual passions for cars and photography, and it's been a pleasure getting to know him. A few weeks ago Josh invited my wife Heather and I to shoot a 1973 Plymouth Duster with pin-up model Lucy Garcia. We jumped at the chance to work alongside Josh, without hesitation. 

I doubt I'm the only photographer who studies and dissects the work we admire. I was familiar with Josh's work before we moved to Santa Fe. I have been looking forward to watching his creative process and learning from him.

As the magic hour approached we began to work. Quietly we circled the Duster like vultures stuffed into heavy coats. The reality of sunset outside Albuquerque in January is it's cold, cold enough the freeze a camera's shutter. Sadly Josh's high-mileage Nikon fell victim to the cold right before we brought out Lucy Garcia, our model who was an absolute trooper. My creative muse and talented wife took the reigns and came out with some great shots.

As for Josh, he did just fine before the camera snafu.

Bonus snap I took of Josh taking the picture above. There's an Xzibit meme in there somewhere...

Vinnie's WW II Relic

Being on a boat for weeks at a time has a way of keeping my mind off cars, and I feel that keen awareness of car watching slip. Boats don't do it for me. Multi-level fishing boats, catamarans, single hulls that are themed much older than their build period; floating nostalgia. They all start to look the same after a while, but while strolling along a beach at Jost Van Dyke I came across this World War II relic and my curiosity with four wheels powered by a gasoline engine returned.

This Dodge Power Wagon belongs to Vinnie, owner of Corsairs restaurant and bar.

Vinnie is an American Harley guy and this is his daily driver. In the states this would be unusual, but in the islands it makes perfect sense. Importing transportation on to small plots of land is expensive, rust is obviously an issue, and cars tend to be driven into the ground. I mean that figuratively and literally, discarded vehicles become apart of the landscape. But not this old brute.

The Power Wagon is suited quite well for Vinnie's commute, which is slow up and down some steep terrain. Jost Van Dyke is only about three square miles but there is over one thousand feet of elevation. 

Vinnie is fighting the rust, and this truck isn't going down easily.

AD Presents: The Lunchbox

My most recent move to Santa Fe, New Mexico has introduced me to a lot of new people, especially in the Albuquerque drifting scene. Subsequently I've met other automotive photographers at events, but never the elusive Josh Coleman, better known as Lunchbox PhotoWorks. Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Josh over coffee, and while the topics ranged I learned why I never saw him around. Josh sells Subarus for a living, has a lovely wife, and you know, has a life. A part of his life is combining his love for all sorts of cars with his masterful skills of creating beautiful imagery. 

Recently New Mexico has been plagued with wild fires. Someone has to take advantage of them.

This photo was chosen as Chasing Asphalt's photo of the month in May. Congrats again Josh!

Josh is an incredibly nice guy that I look forward to working with in the future. More of Josh's work can be seen on his Flickr page and you can expect more to appear on AD in the future.