I Think There’s a Trans Am Under There

I’ve always had a thing for the Pontiac Trans Am, even though I not only never have owned one but have never even driven one. I think that like many people I was influenced by Smokey & The Bandit and I’m not embarrassed to admit that.

Trans Ams were built on GM’s F-body platform, shared by the Chevrolet Camaro, and was a  Firebird option, upgrading handling, suspension, and horsepower, as well as  appearance modifications such as hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels. Between 1969 and 2002, four distinct generations were produced. The second generation (1970 to 1981) was featured in Smokey and the Bandit (1977,) the 1978 movie Hooper (1978,) Rocky II, and the forgettable Smokey and the Bandit II (1980,) although the car itself was awesome

For short time, I was working on a series of images that I called “Hidden Albuquerque,” but it’s been a while since Ive been to New Mexico, so my the work there has been lagging. (And I miss the Frontier, a must-visit eatery.)


The series was based on the idea of visiting the least touristy places I could find and that ended up being industrial parks and places where local people built things. This place, for example, was owned by a millwork company that made high-end windows and doors. And I think that’s an old Pontiac Trans Am that’s covered up.

1248108426000_631778Here’s something to keep in mind when you’re poking around on what appears to be private property: I always ask permission when shooting on private property and walked around a long time (making pictures as I went) before encountering someone and asking permission, to which he replied “Sure, go ahead.” If you ask nicely and act nicely as well, it’s been my experience that people are nice back to you .

The above image was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens with an exposure of 1/640 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 200. The final image was processed in Vivenza, which is part of the Nik Collection from Google.