Saturday, September 6, 2014

NFC Car Show, Part 4: The Hood Ornaments

In this installment of Chris' Fascination with Cars, we explore the cultural aspects of car making - because that's what hood ornaments are. They're sculptures, statues, figurines. The hood ornaments can be the most artistic part of a car. I've wondered who designs these ornaments. They don't look designed by the same person whose responsibility it is to determine the drag coefficient. I wonder if they hire artists to create these small elements.







These next three images are all the same hood ornament. I couldn't decide (still can't decide) which perspective I like best. Each one has different elements that work. Do you have an opinion? Let me know in the comments.




It's not unusual that many car makes use aeronautical-ish hood ornaments. Cars, like planes, are supposed to be fast and streamlined, and give the driver a feeling of freedom.





I'm not much a photoshopper. I use it to help process images, but only in the most simple ways. I'm not one to add or subtract major elements from an image. But this last image makes me want to add in a seascape - clouds, waves, mist - something to really bring out the nautical feeling of this ornament.


Thanks for looking.

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