Most recently on exhibit in Charlotte, North Carolina at Doma Art Gallery, just blocks from the new NASCAR Hall Of Fame. Autophotopia is now available directly from the studio of fine art photographer Daniel Stein.
“My love for the automobile is genetic. My grandfather had one of the first Kaiser-Frazer dealerships in Philadelphia. Throughout the years, one of my favorite activities was to go to his lot and explore all of the different models. As My love for design and photography matured, I was drawn to the automobile’s lines, form, and high performance beauty molded out of raw steel. These unique perspectives of classic automotive design evoke an emotional pull of both nostalgic and modern art.”
After fifty years, a 1937 Union Pacific club car waits to restored to it’s former glory. Patterns of color swirl in layers of finished surfaces. Examining closely, waves of rust, paint, steel and rivets, collaborate to compose a flowing landscape of textures, shades, and hues. A series of 17 images, TRAIN ABSTRACTIONS was shot using traditional silver gelatin film and is printed on archival pigment exhibition fiber paper.
Downtown Los Angeles was once a metropolis brimming with architectural achievement. Art Deco, Classical Greek, and Romanesque buildings lined the city streets. The 1911 height limit of 150 feet kept the city center from becoming cavernous. This also created a more intimate city where one could easily admire the facades of the theaters, banks, and offices that made up the downtown landscape.
I seek out the structures that have passed their prime, at least in function, but not in beauty. In documenting the architectural history of Los Angeles, I hope to preserve the original aesthetic and raise appreciation for what once was, and still is.