DD Allen Journal

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 front shot with headlights on


Well, it’s that time of the year again. How did the holidays go for you?
I went on a mission to unwind, chill out, catch up with friends, and spend some quality time with the family.
I took a little stroll into town to check out the Christmas lights. It’s great to see the Seattle Tree again after a couple of years of covid spoilers. Took me back a bit. 
Not the best place or time of the year to get dumped, but you’ll have to go and listen to Seattle Lights to figure that one out.

1950s Ford Pickup photo in the woods

My Nan, Annette, circa 1965

Christmas is a little weird for us. My Mum works in a care home, and Christmas Day lands on her shift every year. So we do Christmas Day on Boxing Day.
It was great to have my Nan over. She normally spends Christmas with my Aunt, but we bought her over to ours this year.
Nan’s really cool. She’s 80 going on 18, and still thinks she’s down with the kids. I can’t tell you half the stuff she got up to back in the day.
It’s great hearing about how she went from the jazz scene to getting into Rock and Roll after she heard Elvis sing Heartbreak Hotel on the radio.

Betty’s a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a proper muscle car.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 rear shot

But it’s more than big engines and horsepower with me.
It’s partly about the sense of time passing. I imagine the people that would have driven these cars over the years. The things they did, the places they went, first loves, break ups, all that stuff.
It’s also about the art, where somebody probably drew the Stingray’s lines while watching big California waves rolling into a sunkissed beach. 
And it’s funny. I met an art illustrator on the shoot. She was renting a cabin by the lake. The lady takes photos of engineering like boat propellers and uses symmetry to inspire her nature drawings. She’s big on the connection between nature and engineering. She was fascinated by the lines on the cars. And we talked about carburetter designs for ages.
So we got some great shots. Especially as twilight set in. You’ll see some images popping up on my socials and others on new cover art designs. 
If you’re into your classic cars, or any kind of design, send me some pics or tag me in a social post. I’d love to see what you’re into.
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Take it easy.