Coming in at groin-pull inducing 75 pounds, and 790 pages, this book contains 1,000 photos and every Yogi Berra truism known to man. (That section alone is 700 pages).
– yogi berra
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Pasadena but my family moved to the Bay Area when I was 10. My dad had a few 50’s and 60’s Corvette’s growing up so I guess it was natural that I liked the classics more than modern cars.
In high school, I got a day to day operations job at the Blackhawk Museum, a classic car museum in my hometown. At the time, I wanted to be a screenwriter and I went to and graduated from UCSC in 2005 with a degree in Film and Digital Media. Afterward, I resumed working at my old job at the museum and practiced writing in my free time.
What was in like working at the Blackhawk Museum? Favorite car there?
It was like a small family; I still keep in touch with everyone and made a lot of friends working there. I have to say thanks to the president of the museum as well since without him I’m not sure what other career path I would have taken. And I very much like the one I’m on.
I actually didn’t really have a single favorite car there. I did have favorite coach builders, namely Zagato and Allemano. I guess if I had to choose, it would be the 1988 Ital Design Aztec. It looks horrible from any vantage point except the rear which is pretty interesting and extremely unique. But one look at it and you know it’s from the 80’s without a doubt.
How did you come to photographing cars?
Around 2006 I bought my first DSLR. I’d go with a friend and take shots of San Francisco and the ocean. At the time I was a manager at the museum and during the down time at events being held there, I’d walk around the galleries and take photos of the building and the cars.
Later that year, after a much needed overseas trip, I decided it was time to quit, move to San Francisco and finally try to make it as a writer. When I put in my notice, I got a call from the president of the museum who somehow had seen some of my photographs. He offered me a job that involved making a 40 page catalog of the cars in the museum and the building itself. I figured taking pictures for a year wouldn’t be so bad. After a few months, I became obsessed with photographing cars and realized what I really wanted to do in life. I stayed there until 2010 when I moved to NYC to pursue other media interests and some car advertising work.