Phil Hall is a fine-art photographer from the San Francisco Bay Area who recently began turning his attention toward cars--and caught our attention in the process.
"I digitally photograph cars and then 'paint them with light' in Photoshop," Hall tells us. "The images are then printed on large canvas, archival watercolor paper, or on aluminum." The latter process is particularly intriguing, especially for car guys. Hall adds a semi-transparent layer of white to a sheet of aluminum, and then heat-presses on a translucent image. The result is a 50-year archival image that glows and reflects much like custom paint on a car.
Most of Hall's automotive images are detail shots--studies in light and dark, shape and color, hard and soft. Naturally, he has found that customs--like the "Phat '57" Cadillac pictured--make great subjects, and has traveled to several West Coast events to capture them in pixels. For more information on his process, or to view some of his images, check out Hall's Web site, www.philhall.biz.