I was walking to a local coffee spot with my wife and son and had to stop and take a shot of this old shop through a rusted fence… Glad I stopped!
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When you think of the first-ever vehicle ever made, what do you think? Cars made out of tree limbs with stone wheels, controlled by Fred Flintstone's feet? An interesting minimal surrey with dainty, larger than average tires, driven by a man wearing a top hat? What did that first vehicle resemble, and how have they changed throughout the years? They're most likely somewhat not the same as you'd might think of!

While a portion of the very first cars were controlled by steam engines, going back to the 1700s, it was Karl Benz in 1885 who created the main gas-fueled vehicle, which he later got a patent for in 1886. Benz's first model had three wheels, looked much like a stretched tricycle, and sat two individuals. Four-wheeled gas-fueled cars were later presented in 1891. The innovation of the gas-fueled car just changed the industry forever.

The early models didn't have windshields, doors, turn signals, or even around steering wheel – completely different from what we've turned out to be familiar with. People said that Karl Benz's first gas-fueled vehicle was the real impetus for the generation of cars, bunches of people followed his path, attempting to create their form of automobiles.

It wasn't until Henry Ford's 1906 Model T that cars began to look like what we're comfortable with today. Owing to Ford's creation of the mechanical production system, cars we ready to be mass-produced, and eventually were economical to the majority. Furthermore, alongside large scale manufacturing came the new features, such as speedometers, seatbelts, windshields, and rear-view mirrors.

In 1973, Oldsmobile introduced the first traveler airbag into their "Tornado" model. More than 20 years later in 1998, the government required all passenger vehicles to come standard with double frontal airbags.

In the late 80's and mid 90's, keyless section frameworks, electric doors and windows, sunroofs, and CD players started to get the attention.

I shot this while doing a job for a luxury automotive storage facility in Baltimore, MD. I wanted to create an ominous sense of intrigue, giving the feeling of a space that was both expansive and enclosed. I enjoy the journey my eyes take from the focal point of the headlamps to the contours of the Camero’s body, and then to the backdrop of stacked automobiles.
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Which carries us to cutting edge vehicles, with MP3 players, hard drives, progressive safety systems, GPS, and even the ability to parallel park themselves. This might sound insane; however, it's valid. In that era, automobiles come standard with highlights that were, at one time, an extravagance (or didn't exist by any means). It's bizarre to think how far cars have come… and the evolution continues to progress.