John Straub Image Works

"A few miles off the highway,

A million miles from ordinary..."

                          --John

My experience with photography began at an early age in the late 50s. As a preteen I would sit in my fathers' dark room and watch the images magically appear on the white paper, smelling the pungent odor of the chemicals as the photo paper was dipped from bath to bath, under the glow of a red light. There I watched, learned, and practiced as he taught me about the techniques of modifying black-and-white photos to change their outcome.

With my fathers' encouragement a 35mm camera with a long lens would come into my life. My parents would drive me to the beach to take surfing photos along the Southern California coast where I grew up. By my mid-teens I had become consumed with cars, and started taking photos at regional sports car races.

This led to entering and winning numerous photo contests early on with "black and white" photography, and later by the early 80s with "color" photography having images published as magazine covers. By the mid-eighties the responsibilities of marriage would have me put my film cameras away to collect dust. Photography took a back seat in my life, until the creation of the simple cell phone camera re-ignited my interest in digital photography.

As a current member of the "Motor Press Guild," "San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild," and the "San Diego Art Institute," I have the opportunity to use my camera constantly to improve my craft, weather "B/W" or "Color."

My intent in my automotive images is to serve up the smell of hot oil and the thumping sound of an engine in my colorful, impressionistic compositions. My images celebrate memories, rusted or old, shiney or new. They are unique interpretations of motoring emotion. 

I put the same thought into my uniquely different vintage images, and botanicals, with interest in color, composition and quality of light, asking the questions when I shoot the image, and answering the questions when I work the images in post-processing.

Enjoy a moment frozen in time...

Please note: All the images on the website are "Open Editions." For "Limited Editions," signed and numbered, as well as upper end "Acrylic and Aluminum Mounted Prints," please contact me.

619.667.3826 or Vintgracer@aol.com