I am starting a new body of photographic art work based on the technical elements of the model T being visual and technical metaphors for the human body. For example: the sheet metal as skin, (like the curves of the body around the turtle deck) the carburetor like the heart in size shape and function, wiring like the nervous system, rust a form of cancer, broken parts as, well ... broken parts etc. I have saved many parts from the ‘23 runabout rebuild and my last T for this.
Any other similarities that you can contribute can be helpful. These will be 16x20” prints from wet collodion glass negatives and will be not so much like a catalog of car parts but taken very close in many cases. Tools and my garage space will be included. The exhibition will first open near Tel Aviv, Israel in April 2019 and there will be a book published. I start shooting in two weeks.
(Message edited by Antique_iron on August 08, 2018)
I always think of the carburetor as being more like the lungs, where the blood (fuel) is oxygenated. The timer and coils are more like the heart.
I like the glow from their eyes at night.
I think of rust being more like grey hair than cancer.
Sagging frame is much like a aging back bone. Dents are like wrinkles in the skin. The old top material much like a tattered hat.
The magneto ignition system is pretty old. Maybe compare it to a pacemaker ?
Horn = mouth ?
I will be addressing gas, grease and oil ... also the oil leaks on the pavement in front of my garage. Mystery oil might be there as a “tonic.” Remember I sold snake oil from a model T for many years. :-)
The carburetor is particularly interesting to me visually. Yes, mixing of gas with air is so much like oxygen and blood. So lungs and heart work for me. The manifolds also smack of body parts.
I’ll be shooting elements of the original seats and stuffing/springs as well. None of these are literal ... it’s more about the mass of different elements that make up the car.
Come on guys ... there must be more creative people out there.
That's got to be a fun project, and as a T owner, and you should have the artist insight to do well!
This work by an artist that knew the myth of Henry using meat-packing plant as idea for the assembly line....sorta cute I think....hogs on the overhead chain rail becoming Model T's
Leaking radiator would be "sweat"
I have a split universal joint which might fit the bill for a knee joint.
Allan from own under.
The curve of the 1/4 panel on 21 vintage coupe, derriere of a lady.
To me the headlights are like eyes.
Engine = Muscles
Yes .. connecting rods remind me of muscles
Arms and legs as connecting rods to get things moving.
And the exhaust pipe?
That's exactly what I was wondering Neil.
Gas tank is the stomach ? Then the gas line and carburetor are the small intestine, combustion chamber and exhaust manifold are the large intestine, the exhaust pipe is the colon, and the muffler is the . . .
Let's talk about brains, shall we ?
Brains? Coil Box? All the wires start there.