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Rolling Sculpture: Maserati Quattroporte


Rolling Sculpture: Benz SL55 and 300SLS by Winston Goodfellow (6/27/2005)
Stupendous drivers - and art.

 

Rolling Sculpture: 1938 Talbot by Winston Goodfellow (5/30/2005)

 

 

While BMW’s M5 and Mercedes’ E55 take an existing sedan and push the performance levels as high as possible, Maserati’s Quattroporte is an entirely different animal and is that much better for it. This lovely machine is truly a four-door sports car, with the all the benefits and shortcomings that recipe brings to the table.

 

At the Qporte’s launch in 2004 in Modena , I headed for a favorite standby location for the shoot but then decided to explore a bit and stumbled upon this background. The weather was perfect — sunny, around 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Looking at the countryside’s colors and shapes, I knew the image would sing in infrared black and white.

 

Once I knew my editors would be happy, it was time to shoot solely for the sake of “art.” Kodak’s infrared film has a dreamy, ethereal quality, so I had to find the right angle to show the Maserati’s best lines (something easily done!), all while having proper interplay with the background. Though this was a sparsely used road, several locals stopped to admire the car, often ending our conversations with a smile and a bella macchina! And that it is, indeed.

Winston Goodfellow's love affair with the automobile was kindled in the mid-1970s when he was in high school. One day after basketball practice, a teammate called out, "You have to see this!" Parked next to the gym was a new Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB "Berlinetta Boxer" owned by a Saudi prince who attended a nearby college. A few weeks later Goodfellow saw another prince's Lamborghini Countach LP400, and he was hooked.

Goodfellow spent most of the 1980s in the financial services industry, then changed careers in the early 1990s to become an automotive writer and photographer. Today his photos and words are found in books and magazines around the world. He is a Pebble Beach Concours Chief Class Judge and a Seminar Leader with the Smithsonian Institution.

TheCarConnection features Goodfellow's art this week and once a month in a new feature. This month's print, of the Talbot, is available as notecards, monographs and portfolio sets at www.rollingsculpture.com.

 
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