The Last Image of 2016

The 56 Chevy 3600 found outside Ashkum, IL, New Year’s Eve, 2016

This picture is the last image I took in 2016.

It seemed kind of appropriate that this image happened to be taken as a this year came to a close. Every year is a year of change and the change in this vehicle’s situation seemed to come along at just the right moment to encapsulate that idea for me. 

Vintage Find

Same vehicle captured in 2014

The vehicle here is the same vehicle I captured on Easter Sunday 2014 in the image “Vintage Find”  you’ll see below. This picture is one of my favorite images that I enjoy exhibiting.

As you can see by the first image, the truck has since been pulled out of the barn where it once sat and placed along a roadside about a mile away.  I accidentally stumbled upon the new location this morning as I was driving through Iroquois County looking for shooting opportunities

Why the truck was moved is unknown.  But the reality is, a change has occurred and and the impression the truck first created back in 2014 while it sat in that crumbling barn at sunset will never again be reproducible.   That moment is now long gone, replaced by a new reality.  Soon this new reality for the truck will be gone too when the vehicle is taken, crushed or rots away.

The point to be made here is that our lives are a series of often fleeting opportunities to enjoy and experience things.  Photography gives us the chance to freeze and hold on to these passing moments so that we can enjoy them today, tomorrow and in the future.   It is why photography will continue to be relevant to our lives, no matter how technically advanced we get with our devices. An image preserved is something to value.


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  1. Frank D. LeFevre 01/01/2017 at 7:08 AM #

    Your thoughts above echo mine exactly. I drive my wife crazy, and anyone else who happens to be in the car with me, when I insist on stopping the car to capture that once in a lifetime photo. Because in reality, it IS once in a lifetime. The exact circumstances leading up to and including that moment will forever be gone. It will be history, so to speak. So, I have to capture it photographically. I’m sure all photographer’s feel the same!
    Regards, Frank

    • Daniel Peters 01/01/2017 at 5:51 PM #

      I think part of the issue with photography today is that it has become so democratized that people take for granted that special moments of light and emotion are simply available on demand. The same attitude that insists that great images can be produced at will also endeavors to promote the thought that because great images are “easy”, they should either be cheap or free. These are all falsehoods of course