“The car was draped with a plastic sheet in the back blocks of Surfers Paradise whilst seeking to photograph decay in the landscape….You start with one and then see another then… over time, the medley plays into a collection… patterns precipitate or idiosyncrasies evolve from within…This is the joy of “seeing”."
Mike Reed Quoted from the press release from the Colour Factory Gallery website:
“Within my new photo category of covered cars I began to view these still loved but lifeless vehicles, as if a resurrection was about to take place… for the heavenly roads of restoration or hell.”
-Photographer Mike Reed
"Mike equates the car covers to the burial garments adorning the dead in preparation for resurrection. Mike cites the ‘wrapping’ of objects found in the work of artists’ Christo, Jean Claude, Man Ray and Magritte as inspiration. This incredible accumulation of images spans over two decades and 6 countries. A small selection has been chosen for this exhibition and a larger range appears in his book to be launched at the opening of Shrouds.“
Mike Reed Quoted from the press release from the Colour Factory Gallery website:
Shrouds- a 20 year accumulated photo series by Mike Reed.
“The resurrection of the dead is a fundamental and central doctrine of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Many religious critics have alleged that even Christ’s resurrection was borrowed from the accounts of Osiris, God of the underworld, and the best-known deity in all of ancient Egyptian history. As a life-death-rebirth deity, Horus, the Sun God, and Osiris became a reflection of the annual cycle of crop harvesting as well as reflecting people’s desires for a successful afterlife. The Masons, Illuminati, Priory De Sion, clandestine government groups, and others believed that on December 22, 2012, Osiris would be resurrected. Nothing happened on that world shattering day but Spam and candle sales most certainly went through the roof. Thus in preparation to meet thy maker, a shroud, burial sheet or winding-cloth, usually cotton or linen but with no pockets, is wrapped around a body after it has been ceremonially washed and readied for burial.
Certainly the most controversial and famous burial garment is the Shroud of Turin. It is now stored in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Northern Italy after the crusaders stole it and bought it first to France around 1204.
Many believe this 4.3 by 1.1m linen cloth of a rare herringbone weave covered the beaten and crucified body of Jesus of Nazareth when He was laid in a tomb prior to His resurrection. Is it really the cloth that wrapped His bloodstained body, or is it simply a medieval hoax? This has lead to intense scrutiny by forensic experts, scientists, chemists, immunologists, pathologists, believers, historians, and writers regarding the where, when, and how the bloodstain image on the shroud was created. C-14 Carbon dating carried out in 1988, dated the cloth between 1260 and 1390.
In Jewish religious traditions the Tachrichim (burial shrouds) are traditional simple white burial garments, containing no pockets, usually made from 100% pure linen.A shroud or sometimes a prayer shawl for a man, in which Jews are dressed by the Chevra Kadisha for burial after undergoing a taharah (purification ceremony). Burying the departed in a garment is considered a testimony of faith in the resurrection of the body (commentary of Shach). This is a fundamental principle of faith, one of the thirteen principles, which the Rambam enumerates as being essential to Jewish belief. More to the point today we have an insurrection, while not yet violent against the wearing of another kind of covering… the niqab or the burqa. European governments are escalating the introduction of laws on the basis that the face covering, along with ski masks and bikies helmets, encourages female subjugation, lack of communication, non-safety, isolation, female abuse, oppression of freedom and non-conformity to the western culture. In fact the Koran only dictates to modesty in dress. May I say it that Billabong could improve sales with the launch of a ‘Tri-Kini’ on the beaches next summer.
Meanwhile… “The 2012 ban in France is officially the second country in Europe, after Belgium, to introduce a full ban on a garment which immigration minister Eric Besson has called a “walking coffin.””1 Indeed Australian Liberal Cory Bernadi said, “The burqa is no longer simply the symbol of female repression and Islamic culture, it is now emerging as a disguise of bandits and n’er do wells.”2 More so now the government and police authorities in the Netherlands, a usually very tolerant nation, have become anxious regarding security worries that a terrorist could use one for concealment. Well my shrouded cars could be the same, as most do conceal “old bombs.”
The inspiration for my rag tag assortment evolved from the artistes Christo and Jeanne-Claude who have wrapped, covered whole buildings, bridges and landscapes. Other favourites of mine, Man Ray and Rene Magritte have objects and humans covered as well, specifically Magrittes’ Las Amants 1 & II (The Lovers)3 1928. A plastic explanation is that “love is blind” and that the mantles are symbolic to the idea that a devoted lover would identify his soul mate in any form, immortal love. Another interpretation of Magrittes’ shrouds is that the paintings symbolize his mothers’ death. Magritte, when only 14, discovered her lifeless body which was naked apart from her nightdress that had swathed up around her face.
I started recording these morphological images over 20 years ago. The first was draped with a plastic sheet in a paddock in the back blocks of Surfers Paradise while meandering aimlessly, seeking decay in the landscape.
With my wandering and collecting shots I realized I have inherited the trait from my father. In his latter years my father became a rag and bone man in order to supplement the low family income. A bicycle route from his employment at Laminex factory to home lay through the local hard rubbish dump. Copper wire, lead, iron, even an aerial practice bomb, military helmets, a stockless revolver and rifle, rusted tools… festooned from his bike and festooned from his gladstone bag. Two rusting sheds contained somewhat the ever-growing metal waste for selling or keeping… an Aladdins’ cave to a young boy, everyday re-discovering lifes’ discards care of the Dendy Street tip.
Within my category of covered cars I began to view these still loved but lifeless vehicles, as if a resurrection was about to take place… for the heavenly roads of restoration or hell… (a scrap yard)”
"What??... Mike Reed a photographer!!!
It is hard for friends and colleges to understand Mike Reed in any way
other than what he did day in day out … and nights too.
He has been film editing for 42 years, yet photography has always
afforded him his only private creative outlet for all those years.
Photography was portable, instantaneous and satisfying in his short
breaks from the screaming schedules (editing and running the business
was soaking up his concentration 60-100 hours a week).
His camera was always there as he roamed his backyard and afar, eyes
alert for something that would catch his attention.
He's always been a hoarder, all things rusty, crusty and novel.
Photography is a further collection of moments. Quirky and delicious.
Editing trained his eye to detail, decision and dialogue. Culture, creativity
and cooking are also amongst his other pursuits.
So now retired from the maddening advertising affray, he is
armed with his cameras and visual diary passionately pursuing his
love of the world around him."
“Shrouds, by Mike Reed is a collection of photographs of covered cars. His love of gleaning was inherited from his ‘rag and bone’ father who amassed a metal detritus found on the bicycle route home from the factory where he worked. This assortment was stockpiled in his father’s rusted sheds, which appeared like an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ to a youthful Mike."
Press release from the Colour Factory Gallery website:
Fri Jan 31 2014 14:54:54 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"The banked German Avus track was known for it’s high speed, so Ferrari commissioned Cesare Pallavicino from the Breda Aircraft Company to design a streamline body for one of the Alfa Romeo P3’s. “Guy” Moll would drive this special “Aerodinamica” for Scuderia Ferrari…
Sat Oct 19 2013 18:42:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
An image similar to what will be found in Rachael Clegg's 2014 TT Calendar.
Order it here! It looks fabulous:
Text by Rachael Clegg:
"A GOOSE, a budget blonde from Rochdale, several tubs of Swarfega, umpteen gallons of diesel, an Aljazeera journalist and an assistant with a bladder problem – that’s all it took to create this year’s TT calendar. Who needs swanky Pirelli professionals when you have Manx farm animals and a woman with urinary issues?
The idea to create an arty / slightly comedic TT calendar struck me on the journey back from TT 2010. Being a total anorak, I’d recorded the sound of an AJS warming up (a wonderful ‘growl’ noise) before the classic lap on my dictaphone, which I then listened to on my return journey. On the same dictaphone there was also a recording of a very funny TT press conference - the combination of the humour, the visceral thrill of a classic engine and the post TT blues, got me thinking….
Within a week I’d decided to create a TT calendar – one that did justice to the quirky history of the Isle of Man TT races by interpreting it in an artistic manner. I researched dozens of unusual tales from the race’s 105-year history and used each tale as inspiration for the images, which I sketched out as I was doing the research. There are enough shots for each of the 37 and three quarter miles of the course – this calendar is part one, if you like.
The calendar nods to my heritage - both my dad and granddad were TT, an obsession with TT history and an interest in images. All the props are genuine, kindly lent to me by Guy Martin, John McGuinness (in whose leathers I was almost arrested), Ian Lougher, my father, a farmer (who lent me the goose) and an eccentric Manxman. Even the jerry can in the Brandywell image has a history – it belongs to veteran TT racer Vin Duckett.
With the exception of Brandish Corner, which was foolishly shot at rush hour, all the pictures were taken at around 4am over a four-week period throughout the TT and Manx Grand Prix. My alarm would go off at 3am - I’d get ready, grab Peter (photographer) and Shaz (assistant) and we’d load the van and I’d drive us (rather badly) to whichever sections we’d planned. But there were always set-backs: weather, very keen speed walkers and on one day the photographer even forgot the camera. It was all very Carry On.
The photographer – who transformed my crude sketches into great shots – is Aljazeera’s Africa reporter and a former BBC foreign correspondent; more at home in a war zone than legging it round the TT course with a woman with a penchant for extreme nudity.
Making the calendar was hilarious – I’ve never giggled as much in my life. "
Wed Oct 16 2013 20:54:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
COLD HARD ART is about making art out of anything. In 2009, fabricator Thomas Patsis built a metal sculpture of an eight-legged Hemi engine during his free time and posted a photo on Facebook. Overnight he had requests for other metal sculptures, and soon a friend gave him a Miller welder to keep up with demand. For more of his work visit:
Thu Aug 08 2013 15:00:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
A painting by Carlo Demand (More about his bio
"Rudi Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz), Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto union), Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo), German GP 1937. Rudi won, Bernd finished third after a broken hub cap forced him to do an early pit stop and Tazio finished 4th". Source:
German automaker Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 911 model in a big way – literally!
Artist Gerry Judah had the idea to create a gravity-defying sculpture that could hold three iconic Porsche 911 cars high in the sky. The original 1963 911, the 1973 911 Carrera RS, and the 2013 911 were all sitting pretty at more than 100 feet above the grounds at this past 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Image and text:
Photographer Howard Jones is based in Big Sur/Carmel CA. Last year he was hired by the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) for the Concours week. He has a very unique eye for automobile compositions. Prints for sale: