This may be the most 'fun' image I've purchased from one of our local photographers. If this image doesn't scream California!, I don't know what would.
William (call me Jim) Dunigan lives in Ramona, CA, in the foothills east of San Diego but west of the mountains and desert; it's San Diego County's Middle Earth, sort of. Much of Jim's best work is from the coast and this gem is no exception. A beautiful Rambler Classic, perhaps a '61, sits nicely aligned between two stretches of palms working their way out to the Pacific. That onion dome at the left of frame locates us at Swami's in Encinitas. In 1920, Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda founded the Self-Realization Fellowship, and Swami's became the nickname for the world class surf spot.
But that's all behind the wall. What's in front is a clean, blue AMC Rambler; crisp lines, paint as vibrant as when it was new, and metal as smooth and shiny as the day it rolled off the floor. The Rambler's surroundings echo the car's crisp white and clear blue.
This car belongs there!
The palms extend the frame vertically into the California sky and frame the composition's edges while the famous Pacific Coast Highway gives it a firm foundation with two nicely drawn lines to add texture to an otherwise bland base. The horizontal lines continue up through the car and stop at the wall where the wall's top pattern offers a transition between the pure white of the wall and the clear sky at the base of the palms. Without the wall the car would just blend into the hidden greenery, now it pops.
Everything here supports that cool, blue Detroit steel. I'm wondering if Jim swept the curb surrounding the car as it too is spotless.
Jim's wonderful work, his knack for color and composition and his extraordinary B&W work can be found in three spots that I know of: Fine Art America, Flickr, and his website. Go there and stay a while.
Encinitas, CA Rambler - William Dunigan