1931 Ford Model A

Posted: 27th May 2019 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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With summer just around the corner this year, it would appear to be time for all the collectors and enthusiasts out there to take their beloved cars, trucks and motorcycles out of hibernation to stroll the streets once again.  This makes summer one of our very favorite times of the year.  The only thing better than standing at the end of the driveway while the endless rumble of various personal treasures march by is having a friend who has something truly special.  Like a very rare vintage antique 1931 Ford Model A.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Last summer while working on an assignment we came across this gorgeous example of a Ford Model A.  We were invited back to photograph the truck, and we had a really great time spending the afternoon exploring all the details that make this truck so special.  The day was absolutely perfect, maybe a bit on the hot side of things, but the clear day really helped the truck and the setting of the bucolic farm we were visiting produce great colors and ambiance.  A perfect backdrop for a perfect treasure.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

This particular beauty was lovingly restored, and even in it’s pristine condition we were told it is driven quite a bit during the nice weather months of the year.  So many collectibles like this are stored away in garages, hardly ever seeing the light of day.  While totally understandable given the incredible value these classics have, it’s nice to know that vehicles that are so well taken care of are also enjoyed for weekend drives and car shows.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Contemporary vehicles don’t have a single iota of character that this great truck has.  The fenders create fantastic sweeping lines that carry you through the bodywork visually, with fine details to be seen everywhere.  The headlights, spoke wheels and distinctive two-tone paint treatment really make this unit stand out.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

A careful inspection of the truck reveals nothing that would make you believe it’s driven so often.  We love seeing how there is still a large contingent of people out there who love and believe in this era of vehicle, and how that love translates to such methodical maintenance that will ensure these wonderful old vehicles will still be here for upcoming generations to enjoy.  In today’s disposable world this is a terrific break from this construct.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As the shoot unfolded it seemed at times that the classic beauty was posing for the camera.  It was impossible to find a bad angle when shooting, every composition looked great.  Of course, having such a great location to shoot it in helps immensely.  As does having such a stunning subject to focus on.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

After spending hours outside shooting wide portraits of the truck in a fabulous contextual setting, it was time to bring it into the garage where we could explore all the vignettes and control the light.  This is where all the nuances of the character of the vehicle come to life.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

And from the “they don’t make them like this anymore” category, we find details like the 4 spoke steering wheel and all the highly polished chrome bits that adjust various features of the truck.  Being in fine control of the light allowed us to bring focus on these stories within the story, and in doing so we believe we captured the pure personality of the truck.

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

When it comes to antiques like this, I have a relentless curiosity about all the knobs and levers found in the cabin.  I spent some time inquiring about them all, and learned about most of them but not all.  This just adds to the intrigue.  After all, all the classiest ladies and dapper gentlemen have secrets, don’t they?

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

1931 Ford Model A Truck – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The entire day flew by with the great company and the opportunity to really explore this once in-a-lifetime experience to its fullest.  When we are at shoots like this we find that the clock is both fleeting and frozen at the same time.  The day passes so quickly, yet it also feels as if we just arrived.

So next time you see one of these beauties at your local, mall, restaurant or car show, pop on over for a close look and take a gander at what innovation looked like over 100 years ago.  We guarantee you’ll be swept up in the feeling of stepping back in time on a personal voyage of discovery.  After all, isn’t this what art is all about, no matter what form it takes on?