An essay on the Chevrolet Corvette with accompanying images from the recent "Corvettes on the Boardwalk" show in Ocean City, New Jersey.
Corvettes are an adopted love for me. When I was a kid they were never the car that I dreamed of owning. I can vividly remember being a fan of the Camaro, specifically the body style from 1969. My dad had an orange diecast model in his basement of the exact car I loved as a kid. (he still has it by the way.) My father has been the driving force behind my passion for cars, in some ways he's had an influence on the type of cars that I'm interested in. Growing up, I was only interested in the muscle cars from the late 60s and 70s. Now my tastes have shifted to include sports cars of all types with an emphasis on the classics. American cars, from the muscle era still hold that special place in my heart though.
Corvettes were different from the Chevelles and Impalas that my father had at my age. To be fair my dad did own a new Corvette back in 77’ but he had sold it after a year to buy a tow truck.. of all things. He had always mentioned that the Vette caused him too much worry. That he had to be careful of where he drove it and where he parked it. I can still remember going to Super Chevy shows with Dad out in Pennsylvania and being obsessed with Camaros. I even think I took a bunch photos on an old disposable camera at one of those shows many years ago. Come to think of it, that might have been my first foray into photography.
So finally we come to the photographs, the things you are all here for right? I present a selection of images from the recent Corvette show on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. The first few images that I have here are my absolute favorites from the day. The rest are good images as well, but if I laid them out in a stacked format like the ones above them… you, my lovely reader, would be scrollin’ for days. I took a bunch of photos that day so it was hard to pick a small number to share with all of you. I tried to mimic the look of old Kodachrome film as I think it best suits the colors on these cars. Fun fact, I could be wrong but, a lot of the advertisements for these Vettes in the 60’s and 70’s were shot on Kodachrome. I hope these images capture the real love I have for these cars. The hardest part about being there was I was constantly thinking about my own Corvette which hopefully should be back on the road soon. It was damaged in a parking lot over a year ago and has been out of commission ever since. Not a day goes by that I don't think about getting behind the wheel of it again. Being able to write about these cars and go on little adventures like this help me keep my sanity.
Corvettes on the Boardwalk.
All of the images in this post were captured with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the
Fujinon XF23mm & XF35mm lenses