Our friend Ollie Dale*, from New Zealand, recently challenged himself to recreate a classic Art Deco poster of our beloved Clipper.
“I wanted to shoot in-camera a recreation of the Art Deco poster of a Clipper in front of the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Ollie. “I bought a scale model from the 1990s on Ebay, and relived my teenage years by building it slowly over several weeks.
“I also made the bridge structure out of paper, the Clipper logo out of clay, and hung a paper backdrop behind. Everything was pained by spray cans bought from a local hardware store.
“My decision to not point the plane at the ground has cost me a little of the original poster’s energy, but I didn’t want it to be quite as dramatic.
“Also, I know the stickers aren’t true to the original, but the name Clipper was a tiny decal and was almost impossible to apply, so I just applied the registration number to identify it as the Hawaii Clipper, and the US flag as a splash of color.
“Then I made the photo – the only manipulation I did was to straight-edge the letters and make them appear more graphical than my amateur clay modeling allowed. They look like they’re floating, but I assure you they were photographed in position.”
What do you think? How did Ollie do? What would you have changed? Let us know in the comments below!