Limited edition palladium print. This print is limited to a total of 36 palladium prints and 3 artist proofs on sekishu torinoko gampi.
‘53 Packard - Mattawamkeag, Maine - 2010
Off the beaten path in north central Maine stands the town of Mattawamkeag Maine. I had spent the better part of the day traveling Northbound on a two lane road heading nowhere. The road had become boring. It was time to beat the path even less traveled. Luck intervened as I turned onto a road that intersected at the edge of a rather large field of rusted cars. The Packard was right out in front of the field. Rain showers had pounded the area in the early hours of the morning. The sun was now in full force.
The pile of cars was sitting in front of a house of sorts to the right of a liquor store. The importance of the liquor store is one detail that I must leave out of the story. Perhaps in another version I can shed more light. I knocked on the front door of the house as the entire porch rattled. Those hairs on the back of my neck were starting to stick up. A few minutes later I was met by the lady of the house. She was sporting a classic black Hawaiian muumuu and looked the part of an islander. To my surprise she smiled when I told her that I wanted to immortalize the front of the Packard on film. She cautioned me to watch out for nasty black flies and poison ivy. Just to be safe, she sent her husband out to keep me out of harms way. By the time I had composed the shot, the sun was hitting the lens. I pressed on and took the shot as the rain clouds were forming to the West. I worked as fast as possible to keep the composition simple and isolate the front grill. This image reminds me of a grumpy old weather-beaten face. I ended up giving the husband and wife an 8x20 print of the Packard. They proudly displayed the print in the front living room.
A few years later I passed through the area and knocked on the door again. The wife answered and we had a chat on the front porch. She went on to tell me that a wedding had occurred the previous spring. I believe that the wedding involved a relative of hers. The bride and groom were married in front of the Packard. She even showed me a picture of the happily married couple at the wedding. They were satning in front of the Packard, holding the picture of the Packard that I had given the husband and wife. Very often the truth is stranger than fiction. I shot this image with an 8x20 view camera on Bergger 200 sheet film.