A Canton Surprise

Traffic Woes

Traffic Woes

I travelled to Canton, OH on Sunday with fellow photographer Debra Rozin, to visit and shoot at the Canton Classic Car Museum.  We went based on a tip that it was worth visiting and after looking at their website I have to admit that I was a bit dubious.  The website photos looked like it was small and very tight in terms of closely spaced and roped off autos, being hard to shoot.  What a surprise though!  It was tightly spaced, but the collection of automobiles, automobile related items and just plain nostalgic items of all sorts was just amazing!

The photo above of a clown sitting in a vintage auto caught my eye. It was very colorful but I converted it to black and white and removed some detail with a post processing plug-in called Topaz Simplify.  This treatment seemed to emphasize the clown’s expression, which to me seemed to represent the woes of driving in traffic.

Front End Service

Front End Service

The second photo, of a vintage Lincoln, was made more interesting by shooting it from an angle that included the mock-up of an old service station behind it.  I think it looks like a very authentic old scene.

The Time Clock

The Time Clock

The last photo of the face of an old time clock, was just a portion of a clock that workers punched in and out on at the Timken Bearing Co. in years past.  It was quite worn, showed lots of wear and tear and the cracked paint texture was added in post processing to add to it’s interest and aged look.

This museum had so much to see that it warrants more trips to Canton.  We spent several hours there and in fact when we had gone thru it once, we turned around and went back thru it in the opposite direction just to see what new things we would notice from a different perspective.  That paid off with additional photos!  Well worth the trip!

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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4 Responses to A Canton Surprise

  1. cunningba says:

    And, silly me, I just went to the AutoRama on Sunday. They had billions and billions of cars too, as well as trains and planes.

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