LibertyImages

original retro Americana and classic car photography

Ohio, United States · 24 Sales

LibertyImages

original retro Americana and classic car photography

Ohio, United States 24 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to Liberty Images, home of limited-edition original photography featuring classic cars, American icons along old US highways like Route 66, handsome architecture, and abandoned pieces of our past, each photo I take inspired by my seeking after truth, beauty, and goodness.

Travelling around America, seeking out drop-dead cars, beautiful architecture, and graceful pieces of our history is something that brings great happiness to me; sharing these things and places with you makes me happier still. (Except for that time I fell into a hole in front of the Federal Reserve, but you'll note that building is not to be found in my entire oeuvre of work.)

See all of my photography here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachsdame

Thank you for visiting Liberty Images!

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Last updated on Jun 6, 2016

Welcome to Liberty Images, home of limited-edition original photography featuring classic cars, American icons along old US highways like Route 66, handsome architecture, and abandoned pieces of our past, each photo I take inspired by my seeking after truth, beauty, and goodness.

Travelling around America, seeking out drop-dead cars, beautiful architecture, and graceful pieces of our history is something that brings great happiness to me; sharing these things and places with you makes me happier still. (Except for that time I fell into a hole in front of the Federal Reserve, but you'll note that building is not to be found in my entire oeuvre of work.)

See all of my photography here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachsdame

Thank you for visiting Liberty Images!

Jen

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Jen

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Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Received today. It's great! I'm sure my brother in law will love it! Thanks so much!

Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010

5 out of 5 stars

beautiful and well packaged. thanks!

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About

Sharing beauty and history through photography

Upon hearing I'm a photographer, people of course first ask what it is I take pictures of. One day, instead of giving the brief rundown—old cars, old and often abandoned places, and generally beautiful things—the answer tumbled from my lips: "I shoot America." This not only piqued my listener's interest, but their asking me to elaborate on my answer left me feeling more relaxed in speaking with them and explaining not only what I photograph, but why I am so in love with crawling through tick-infested brush to get closer to an abandoned filling station or cottage, or why I am actually totally fine with lying on blacktop (in a dress, my uniform) to get the perfect view of a glamourous 1930s chrome grille. I had a new friend, and a new way of sharing with others what it is I do!

A lifelong history buff with a camera in her hands from a very early age—shutterbugs litter both sides of the family line going back to the very first widely-available camera!—it makes sense that I'm drawn to old buildings, both loved and abandoned; to old automobiles, both showroom-beautiful and rusty; to beauty of all kinds, both nature and man-made. Sharing the things I find through my photography gives me almost as much joy as discovering these wonderful places and objects...especially since not many of us can bring a Greek Revival home to stick in the backyard, and since (alas!) few of us can afford our own version of Jay Leno's garage...much less the insurance tab.

My actual photo shoots tend to begin early in the morning or during the early evening hours. Kit carefully stowed in the car, sipping coffee or tea, my husband and I hit the road in search of things that get my heart pounding and me squealing, "Stop the car, stop the car!": a gleaming Buick, a charming Main Street, a crumbling farmhouse, a neon sign, garden-framed porch steps leading to a home no longer here. To me, all of these things speak of our past and our present, and of their creators' hope for the future. They spark my interest and spur my imagination to wonder about their days and years; upon the joyful discovery that others felt the same way about such places, sharing my photographs to grace their homes, too, just made perfect sense.

I began selling my documentary photos in 2008. An illness keeps me from a traditional job, but photography has turned out to be a perfect outlet not only for my inborn creative streak, but something I can do that doesn't wear me out too much. Once the pictures are taken, they're uploaded to my much-loved senior-citizen laptop...and sit. They sit for a month or two, at which point I can go back through every photo, mercilessly culling the herd until only the best (and, okay, my favourite!) photos remain.

After cropping and editing to best show what I see—a process that can take several hours on a classic car photo, for instance, since I prefer to remove distractions like power lines and the reflections of myself and passers-by—the photo is considered 'done'. I usually don't do too much fancy-fying, to be honest; though many others do a marvellous job creating amazing dream worlds through their photos, I prefer only to remove the distractions from the point of my photographs; this probably stems from my philosophy of seeking for and sharing truth, beauty, and goodness. You might say I'm an optimistic realist; if one cannot see the fallenness, there is no real optimism to be had. Though I see the broken, beyond it I can also find hope.

Despite having an illness that leaves many unable to work at all, I find myself regularly travelling America's byways and back roads, a journey of discovery that draws me closer to history, to my ancestors, to a better understanding of their ideals and failures, and their dreams. Moreover, thanks to the internet, I'm able to share these things with others, knowing that my photographs are, if nothing else, bringing beauty and warmth to their own homes and everydays. And hey—if you see a woman with a camera who looks as if she just stepped out of the 1940s crawling around an old car in a dress, or stumbling through the mud near an abandoned gas station, do say hello. That woman is probably me!

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  • Jen

    Owner, Photographer, History Nerd

    The green eyes behind every photograph here, Jen also does the packing & shipping while sipping tea and attempting not to fall up the stairs.

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Manufacturers
  • Professional Photo Lab

    Minnesota, United States

    I've trusted this family-owned lab with producing the prints of my photos for nearly ten years. They, too, love our forests & try to reduce paper use, use Minnesota air to cool their huge printers and probably love hockey as much as I do.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 6, 2016
Unless otherwise noted, all of my photos are limited to a run of 776 prints. Each photograph, printed on archival-quality photo paper, is hand-signed with the title and number on the back, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

A professional photo lab takes care of my printing in order to assure the most consistent level of quality. Please be aware that the colour on the photos match my own carefully calibrated monitors, but due to differences in the way your monitor has been calibrated and differing light conditions, you may see different tones on screen than you receive on your print. I cannot be responsible for these differences, but do rest assured that no photograph is sent out without my carefully inspecting it first.

If you're interested in another size of a particular photo, just send me a note! If the size you decide upon is not in stock, I'll order it immediately. Usually it arrives here within three to four business days, and after I take a look at and sign it, the photo will be mailed out to you. Just keep in mind that altogether, this usually takes roughly a week, not counting Sundays and holidays.

Please note that when you buy a photograph, you are only buying the print of the image and not the copyright to or use of the image. All copyrights to the photograph remain with me. If you would like to license the image for publication or re-use in another fashion, you must contact me first.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Checkout is not considered complete until payment is made via Etsy's checkout, which allows you to use PayPal, an Etsy gift card, or simply pay with your credit card.

If you don't pay within 72 hours, the item will be re-listed unless we've had communications agreeing otherwise.

Also, please keep in mind that sales tax must be added to any items shipped to Ohio addresses.

Items are not packaged and shipped until payment is received, so the faster you pay, the faster I can ship!

New to purchasing from artisans on Etsy? This page will walk you right through the process: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/339
Shipping
Items will be shipped first-class within three days. Should I be out of town on a photo shoot or on holiday, I will post this in my shop updates and also note the shipping delay in your emailed invoice.

Your ship-to and payment method addresses need to match. If you're sending the item as a gift to someone else, just let me know in a note at the time you order. If a package is returned to me due to an address error on your part, you will be responsible for the cost of re-shipping the item.

Prints are lovingly packaged very securely and shipped flat, enclosed in acid-free tissue paper, protected by twin pieces of foam core and a Tyvek envelope, all in an attempt to thwart any potential damage during their trip via USPS.

If you'd like insurance, let me know and I am more than happy to acquire it for you and bill you for the amount; usually this is not terribly expensive: about $1 US for an order up to $100.

Should an order be lost or not arrive in a respectable amount of time, we'll do our best to find it together. Ultimately, a lost item will be my responsibility; a replacement print will be sent to you at no cost.

If you prefer a shipping vendor other than the USPS, let me know and we'll work it out. Remember: I want you to be a happy customer.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is my desire for you to be entirely happy with your purchase, so I try to keep my policies fair.

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your photo, please contact me within seven business days after receiving the photo print, and I'll work to come to an agreement that we're both happy with. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs as well as items not returned in their original condition.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love doing custom orders for clients, such as different sizes or sets of corresponding work, so feel free to peruse my Flickr stream to see if there's anything you'd like for your walls or someone else:

http://Flickr.com/zachsdame

There, you'll find many more examples of my classic car, Route 66, equine, and Americana photography!

All images and other content Copyright 1995 - 2017 by Jen Baker and Liberty Images. All rights reserved by the artist. Buyer is not purchasing the rights to the image. Any and all publishing and reproduction rights are reserved solely by the artist.

Unauthorized use, downloading, copying, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, or any portion of them, may result in legal and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum possible extent under the law. Permission required for copying, printing and downloading. For permission, contact via convo system or email to Jen * at * LibertyImagesPhotography-dot-com. Thank you!

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Last updated on May 23, 2016
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Sizing details

As few of my finished photographs are standard frame size, each of my photographic prints has a white border all the way around the image. This not only means you can buy a frame 'off the rack' if you do not want a custom frame, but the white border does protect the image itself from errant fingerprints or other unintentional damage.