This photobook tells the humorous and emotional story of the showdown between Shannon and her Dad going shopping for a new car on Christmas eve. Dad manages to find the ugliest cars and vigorously advocates their qualities as an economical and functional choice. Shannon and her sister, Jordan, continue to focus on unpractical sporty vehicles, ultimately rejecting everything Dad has to offer and fixating on either a BMW or Mercedes as a safe and practical car. This book is a documentary, the photos are not staged, and the images convey a powerful message about the relationship between fathers and daughters.
If you have a teenager, you'll be able to relate to the story in this book. It will make you laugh and cry. It might even give you the strength to cope and the courage to get off your wallet and buy that new car for your teenager.
I've been involved in photography as an art for over thirty years. In high school, I was influenced by a photography teacher who instilled the purist principles of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. I developed advanced skills in visualizing the tonal range of a setting and capturing images with available light. In the darkroom I experimented with a variety of chemical and temperature techniques for both film and print processing. At the University of Florida, my conservative and traditional perspective on photography as a visual medium was challenged by the thinking and works of Jerry Uelsmann, one of the early masters of photomontage, and guest lecturers like Robert Heineken (UCLA) whose montages embedded commercial erotica in highly unconventional images. Today my photography focuses on people - fashion, beauty, glamour, and fine art nudes.
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