"1950 VincentBL" by Derek Althen, Photograph printed ChromaLuxe® Aluminum
Photograph printed ChromaLuxe® Aluminum
The Photograph is printed on ChromaLuxe® aluminum. It is then mounted on Dibound, with a inset frame. Prints float 3/4 inch off the wall.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
A passion for rust, history and nostalgia.
Born and raised in Hollywood California, Derek Althen remembers that his infatuation with vintage bikes started from somewhat of an early age. His father, an Architectural Illustrator by trade, had a couple of vintage bikes. He remembers, at the age 6 or 7, the beautiful peril of sitting on top the gas tank for a ride to the park as his father held control of the bike. He recalls the thrill of speeding up the street helmetless, the wind blowing rampant yet with elegance against his face. As he grew older he began to realize, that art was his saving grace. Attending Hollywood high, basic academia was monotonous and mundane. If it weren’t for the arts he might’ve not graduated high school. One of his most influential art teachers “Grace Styles,” pushed him to continue his education in the arts after high school. He then went on to study graphic design at Otis Art Institute. At the institute one of his professors was teaching a course in studio lighting. Derek decided to take the course absent of the idea that this would be the beginning a life long love. After 20 plus years in commercial photography, shooting mostly fashion and beauty; He decided it was time for something different. On a location for a fashion shoot he noticed a 1928 Harley Davidson JD hill climber in the corner of the shop, and was attracted to it from the stories it had to tell. Each nick and scratch and layer of dust and inches of rust was an anecdote. With all of its character it almost had human like persona, so he asked to photograph the bike. This soon spiraled into a fine art series entailing dozens of portraits of vintage cycles. “Most of the bikes I shoot are extremely rare and have historical significance”.
“I spend two to three hours photographing each motorcycle. I light each individual part, creating 60-100 images. I then combine bits & pieces of those images into one photograph. This process takes an additional 80-100 hours. The final product is printed on gloss aluminum giving the photos a almost 3-D appearance.