Shadow, Angles in Chrome by Tom Bird

Curator’s Statement

Tom Bird cleverly blurs the distinction between abstraction and representation through his cropped images of slick automobile details and parts. Though the viewer often can easily recognize these details, the images clearly emphasize the beauty, color, design and cropping within a frame, instead of the objects themselves. This brings the focus to abstraction, making the photographs self-referential rather than being about the beautiful shiny cars that were employed.

Tom is a skillful commercial photographer, yet this body of work shows that he too is a fine artist making stunning images to hang on the wall!

Artist Statement

There is an absolute to all my Fine Art Photography.  When creating my images, I use my lens as an extension of how my eye watches life unfolding, with the love of color, light and shadow that envelops a subject, evoking emotion from the viewer.  I see creativity in most everything: from an ordinary object, a persons expression or an abstract object, all are images waiting to be made into something new and beautiful.  This group of work has been a project and an expression of abstract images from year to year following Hot Rod and Bikeweek events and shows in my area.  I pay close attention to detail, perspectives and angles, displaying different points of view the usual onlooker often misses. In the first years of my life, up to age twenty, I lived in the east side of Cleveland.  Since the age of 13, I received my first viewfinder camera, shooting everything I saw, eventually wearing out the focusing ring.  Photography and art have been with me all my life.  Making the move to attend school in Pittsburgh at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Photography, I grew as a Photographer, Artist and Creator of my images, gaining confidence and control.  Coming home from my first spring break, I rolled the car, broke my back and ended up paraplegic with a spinal cord injury, which gave me the advantage to shoot with a different and often unique point of view.  If you are an Ohioan, you know winters!  Due to rather rough winters in Cleveland, and now using a wheelchair full-time, I decided to move to Daytona Beach where I would continue my schooling and fine tune my craft, bringing you this series of photographic art work.  So, here I am giving you a peak into my images called “Shadow, Angles in Chrome”, a collection of work shot with a Nikon D-800 DSL with varying degrees of post production including textures, digital painting through Corel Painter 2015, Photoshop and Lightroom to give you that final look.  I am very much bonded to Fine Artwork and creative pieces.  I often see and create images from subjects many people overlook… That is when I see art!  Light and shadow play a huge, intricate role with all of my Fine Art Photography, combining with varying techniques to create a painterly style through selected media including oil, depending on how an image evolves.

Bike muffler

Bike’s Curves

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

blue window

Blue Window

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Caddy Fin

Caddy Fin

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy chrome

Chrome’s Eye

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy grille

Chevy Grille

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

chevy illusion

Chevy Illusion

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Chrome Bump

Chrome’s Bump

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Curvatious

Curvatious

6 x 9, 12 x1 8, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

grille red

Red Ribs

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

orange curves

Orange Curves

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Packard Circles

Packard Circles

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

Red Chevy Bell

Red Chevy Bell

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL  image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

yellow chevy bump

Yellow Grille

6 x 9, 12 x 18, 24 x 36 in.

photographic DSL image printed on matte photographic paper

$45, $90, $175

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