Antique car show

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It was a sunny day. I could not just stay around the house and enjoy my flowers. I grabbed my camera and went on a drive to the countryside.
Willamette valley often reminds me of the green and wide open flat in Europe countryside. Except that Oregon farmhouse is casual and rugged while European farmhouse is more structured and sculptured. They can be aged but well-maintained. 

The Snubby


Years ago I took these pictures in Victoria, Canada in an antique car show. I love the one below because the passengers were dressed rightly and purely for the occasion, just for the fun sake.  They were serious about being authentic. I bet they enjoyed themselves and their sense of humor cheered other people, too.

Before I could finish my thought, I drove by an (almost) deserted farmland. I say, almost. Because I later found out that the owner just live across the street and more old equipments piled in their driveway…

There are old cars and trucks laid around, dated farming tools are all over the place. I am a city girl. I know nothing about farming, but I found these ‘antique’ cars interesting. Usually when we go to antique car shows, we see authentic collectible branded cars, the snobby stuff. In this country farm, I found these ‘treasures’ are just as fascinating as the fancy version.

Growing up in the old part of my hometown, I have seen enough old stuff, hundreds years old buildings, old furniture, old deco, old streets, old everything.  When I moved to America 27 years ago, I wanted everything contemporary. Least is the best. I bought contemporary furniture, neutral, solid, straight lines. No molding, no curving, no tapestry. I could not wait to get away from cultural and traditional stuff.  I wanted all the old stuff ‘be gone’. As far as the furniture and deco go, I want them to be simple with very subtle twist.   

But, I am changed after living here for almost three decades. I started to look at some older stuff, but still not as old as what I used to see. It may have something to do with my previous work creating fashion western style belts and Jody Coyote handbags, a mix of south western and contemporary style. Subconsciously I was gravitating towards designs with details. Besides,vintage trend was big and popular while I was working, and I have learned to appreciate aged look more.
Here are my antique car show, Oregon farm style. These cars are old, deserted, and rustic, but I just love the sculptured shape and details.  The coloration generated from tarnishing is amazing, isn’t it?

Broken-Hearted Pinky
Rainbow Rumbler

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