Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Ford's Folly


The wonderful Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted by Hey Harriet, allows us to see how shadows can contribute to photo art. I had posted this view earlier in the (US) summer, and like it so much that I do so again. This was a car show at the Shelton (Connecticut) Historical Society in July. The subject here is a 1959 Edsel Corsair on display.

Before I was involved with the fun of SSS, I actually was enchanted by this car in this setting, and confluence of shadows along its flank. Maybe a tiger's stripes? The lighting effects caught my eye - when a shadow jumps at us, we take notice!

What was an Edsel? Those of a certain age might remember these relics (I might even be old enough to remember :>). It was a car that was positioned between the US Ford and Mercury brands. It was discontinued for 1960, and Ford lost a staggering US$200 Million, which is about US$1.5 billion in today's currency! Of course, Ford's loss then is this photographer's gain now...


30 comments:

Ellie said...

You are right! It is a joy to see this picture again. Such a play of color and shapes. I didn't know about the brand. I am a Ford fan. The trees look like autumn trees in this light. Perfect time to re-post this beauty!

Terri said...

That is a great shot! And I too vaguely remember the Edsel! ;o)

bobbie said...

Love the picture. "corsair" is such an impressive name for the poor Edsel.

Carletta said...

Before I read your words Ralph I was thinking what a nice paint job down the side that would make. :)
I do like the angles you use when taking car shots - nice job!

Quilt Works said...

Great photo! Very artistic angle to show off the beautiful lines!

Thank you for your comments on my photo. You are absolutely right - that photo was taken in Strubridge, so this is probably one of the olderst houses one can find in Massachusetts! You have a great eye :-)

maryt/theteach said...

An Edsel, wow, Ralph! I never saw one in person (Ha!) but I would love too! My Shadow Shot will go up later on this afternoon. :)

Sylvia K said...

Wow! I haven't even thought about an Edsel in ages, do remember them though! And what a terrific shadow shot for the day! Love it!

Have a great weekend, Ralph!

Sylvia

Sweet Repose said...

What a wonderful image of the car, a typical guy shot, but the angle makes it so strikingly beautiful, though an image of forgotten eras...very nice.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a great shot! Isn't it nice how the SSS makes us see things in a different way?

Sarah said...

Beautiful colours on that lovely shiny car. I have heard of the Edsel but knew nothing about it-have just had a look at some info. now. Poor thing-it looked like a lovely car!

Hot Fudge said...

How I'd love to see that rich red Edsel - they were even well known here in Australia in their time, although I don't think any were actually imported. Brilliant shot.

Dianne said...

I love this shot

all the reflections and effects
the color and shadows

beautiful

Paula Scott said...

Sigh....I just love old cars. My favorite is the Chevy Pick Up from the late twenties to early fifties. I see one and I just can't help myself.
And this Edsel? Would've done the same to me. I love those mottled shadows going across that slick red.

Diane AZ said...

So shiny, at first glance I thought it was candy wrapped in gold cellophane. The car is a beauty, but this image keeps on giving with its wondrous shadows and reflections.

Sam said...

Oh that's gorgeous!! :)

Martha Z said...

One of the joys of photography is learning to see. Light and shadow, the macro world, the odd angle all atract the photograpers eye and brought you to the light and shadow in this great shot.
Glad you enjoyed my shadows as well.

Hey Harriet said...

I've never heard of an Edsel (but my knowledge about cars is very limited). I love the photo! At first glance it isn't obvious to me that it's even a car and I'm just mesmerized by all that's going on in the photo. I like the tiger stripes! Great shot! And the additional info was an interesting read.

MyMaracas said...

I'm glad you posted it again, as I missed it the first time around. I love the swirl of color and light in this shot. Very beautiful!

I love the lines of old cars, and yes - I am old enough to remember them. I learned to drive in a 1951 Chrysler New Yorker. It was like a tank.

whizkid said...

Beautiful colours, and a nice angle of the car too!

Rinkly Rimes said...

A very well-polished vehicle!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a car..I believe it was named after one of Ford's sons..Not sure I am right on that..I do remember when it was born..Oh God,that is scary..
Great picture and shadows..
Happy SSS.

Pam said...

No wonder it caught you eye, Ralph. That is quite a collection of different shadows on that Edsel. And yes I am old enough to remember that car and how no one wanted to buy one. But what a shame it was for Ford, I felt sorry for them.

Jen said...

Very Nice SSS picture!
That car has been buffed to a brilliant shine to show off those shadows.

storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

Love the perspective ... the way you've captured the reflections and the shadows! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I'm definitely old enough to remember this one.
Hugs and blessings,

Crafty Green Poet said...

very nice colours in this!

Pacey said...

It is indeed a delight to see this car and its shadows. Great shot ralph.

frayedattheedge said...

super shadow shot

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

You rocks, man! Love the texture while you capture it.

Your amazing photographer. I salute. Love every angle...

Have a wonderful Halloween evening.

Joops said...

My Dad would love that ford!

How about a Shadow at the Airport for my entry?

Bond said...

It is a cool photo angle and the shadows are real interesting