1936 Ford Truck
Canon 5D Mark 2, 24-105mm 1:4 lens, polarizing filter
Mac Pro with Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet
In the early morning hours there’s no site more welcome at the Café du Monde than the little Ford truck from the Picayune Bakery. Roy Thibodeaux is the driver, and he’s delivering the breakfast pastry that fuels the city of New Orleans. It’s a light square doughnut-like pastry that’s sprinkled with powdered sugar known locally as a Beignet (bān-ˈyā). I think that’s French for “mighty damn good”. When eating one, the eyes tend to open wider, a smile almost surely breaks out across the face, and it’s next to impossible to finish without commenting on how good it tastes. A strong cup of black coffee tops off the experience and provides the extra jolt that makes the toughest challenge just a little bit easier to tackle.
Roy Thibodeaux is a ordinary man of simple means, but he considers himself the richest man in the city. If you ask him why you’ll always get the same answer. He’ll say, “Brother, I’m the Fais-dodo (fey-doh-doh)”. For those who are unfamiliar with the Cajun expression, it means an extraordinary or unusual thing, person or event, an exceptional example or instance. Yup, that’s Roy all right.
I shot this truck at a car show in Weston Massachusetts on an overcast day. I created the bed cover in Photoshop. The lettering and graphics are from a cigarette pack that dates back to the 1930’s. The background is a detail from a Victorian era building. I added an overall sepia tint with a photo filter from the Adjustments menu, and shifted the color (Hue) of the truck from its original red to yellow. The truck fenders were originally black and I changed them to brown by going into Selective Color and taking out some black and adding magenta and yellow.