#AmericanMadeMachines is a series born out of my late night photographic travels. My wife and I had our first child in December of 2014, of course caring for a newborn baby put a pause on what I had been doing photographically up to that point. As our son grew older and was able to sleep through the night, we made the arrangement that I could go out for a few hours and photograph. Inspired by the amazing night photography of Patrick Joust in Baltimore, I would drive the streets of Dallas looking for interesting scenes. As the months passed by, looking through my negatives, I started noticing that I had been shooting quite a few late model American cars and trucks (specifically those from the late 70’s through the late 80s, which I feel is a transitional period in the American auto industry, as the oil crisis of the late 70s drove auto makers into building more fuel efficient cars, which was the opposite of what an American automobile was up to that point, which was fast, powerful and sexy…). So, at that point I began consciously searching out these automobiles to photograph. Also, these cars and trucks are not what are considered to be ‘classic’ cars, in the car show sense, which is why I find them interesting. It takes a concerted effort to maintain and drive a 30 yr + old utilitarian car, when for not too much more money, you could purchase a used early to mid-90s Japanese car like a Honda or a Toyota.