Story Behind The Picture
If I asked you, “ what is significant about this picture above?” Your response would most likely be, “ I have no idea” Or if I asked you” Is this a significant picture?” Once again the response would be “ I have no idea.”
Every time you take a picture, that picture has value to the person who has taken it, but to the outside person it may just be another picture… unless that person on the outside knows a little back to the picture.
As photographers, when we take our pictures we are recording history . No matter what the picture, it is history that you are recording. Even when we are taking pictures of the past, the old and rustic, although it was the subject was from the past, you are still recording history as you take it in that moment.
They are many ways in how we can enable our pictures to come alive . The obvious ways is to make sure they are in focus, make sure the light is right for the person who is looking at your pictures and certainly if your composition is strong, it will make your image comes more alive.
Is there another element we can add to the picture to give it a little more depth behind the picture?
I know that it is not always possible but if we know the deeper story that lies behind the picture , it will give it far more depth and meaning to the picture and will make that image jump of the page.
For those who know us, will know that we love FJ Holdens. When we see a FJ Holden and get the opportunity to photograph one, we are in awe. If we can get a chance , we also love hearing about the history of the car as it is Australia’s first built commercial car going back to 1948. This car was built and sold in 1954.
One day we were just going for a drive in the country to see what we can photograph. This is something that we both love doing, hitting the road and seeing where it takes us. There are times when we have no agenda.On these trips we may photograph nothing or little unexpected gems pop up like this one.
It wasn’t me that spotted this FJ Holden in the window as we drove through this small country town. It was Vicki with her eagle like eyes who spotted it. The rest is history. We stopped, stood outside the window and started taking pictures through the window. Not long after, a chap approached us, we chatted and he invited us inside to take the picture of this awesome FJ Holden.
So what is the story behind this car. This car was discovered in an old field just rotting away outside of Snowtown in South Australia’s country. The present owner came across the old FJ in the fields and made an offer to the farmer and the deal was done. He then spent a lot of time researching this old car.It was bought off the farmer and placed in this old building and sits in the front window. It had been on this farm rotting away for over 40 years.
When we came across this car in this old run down building it just ozzed with a story. In its day, this old run down building was a Holden Showroom and the floors were polished, little offices on the side and the smell of new cars floated throughout. In that showroom sat this very car !!! Its life started from this very building and now its life has come full circle and it will likely see its remaining days out here. How amazing is that.
Can you image the stories that this car could tell with its journey from this showroom through to its final resting place.It would be amazing to find some early pictures of this car in the showroom and the showroom itself in its prime.Can you image the day that the car was driven proudly from the showroom floor out into the streets.The new owners of this new car would have been in awe of their new investment.
We all have our pet subjects and we have several as well and one of them is the FJ Holden.When you photograph your pet subject, see if you can find some information about the subject you are photographing.That extra information will give you a greater depth and meaning to your picture.
These are the original lights that have survive its rough time in exile.
From a photographic point of view, although the FJ Holden is not in the best condition, there is still a beauty about it, there is still that artistic element with it and there is still creativity found within this old FJ Holden. That’s why we get so excited of the rustic items we come across. To many they appear to be junk, trash, but to the photographer, its a real delight and gem to photograph. To the photographer, it’s beauty within itself, all you have to do is peel back the unseen layers to see the inner and outer beauty of the car that stands before your eyes.
When we know just a little history in our subject, it can bring the give the image so much more depth and meaning to it and also to the person looking at the picture.
Below is not this car that the blog is about but at some point in the county it would have driven going to work, on a picnic with the family and that would have been its life.