Riding Into History With The Superb Photography Of John E. Adams

Photographic art is John E. Adams passion. Art found in nature, in life around him …and in cars and motorcycles. Each year he spends long hours shooting then editing the hundreds of pictures of vintage motorcycles displayed at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. I selected just a few of them, picked only close ups for you to see the details and the quality of John’s work.

John E. Adams sells his photography and if you are interested in buying his art, I strongly recommend that you first visit his Online Gallery in full screen mode. He uses only Kodak Professional Endura Papers for photographic printing offering three surfaces, Lustre, Glossy and Metallic, all at the same price. If you have a question drop him an email at 2thepres@adamsviews.net

adams1Erie 1905.
Adams3Indian 1917 Board Track
Adams4Nimbus 1939
Adams5Harley-Davidson 1913 JHead Cannonball
Adams6Adams7Cushman 1953 Ice Cream – BSA 1927 Engine.
Adams8Indian 1915 Cannonball
Adams9Indian 1927 Chief Cannonball
Adams10Adams11Abington 1912 King Dick – BMW 1954 R69S
Adams12Bultaco 1973 Alpina
Adams13Triton 1972 Cafe Racer
Adams14Pierce Arrow 1911
Adams15BMW 1929 R52 Engine

11 Responses to “Riding Into History With The Superb Photography Of John E. Adams”

  1. 1 LenNY Sinnet Barnett HD May 24th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Absolutely beautiful motorcycles and photo’s a true artist showing off these great bikes.
    Barnetts HD

  2. 2 Brett May 24th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Cyril for showing us these pictures. Sublime ride into motorcycle history.

  3. 3 Shifter May 24th, 2013 at 9:01 am


  4. 4 Brandon May 24th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    You can photograph like that only if you really love motorcycles.

  5. 5 CafeSportyTC May 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    love looking at those bikes… so simple looking .

  6. 6 Terence Tory May 25th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    The first few are over-edited to look like paintings.It’s a matter of taste I guess.

  7. 7 Olive Oil May 25th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful work John. You have certainly mastered the art of photoshop in many of your car and motorcycle prints I looked at. Being a photographer myself I enjoy printing the natural settings that I have shot. Each to their own I say.

  8. 8 Kirk Perry May 25th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Kodachrome! Rich coloring. Great positioning. That’s a lot of crawling around with your neck craned, to capture the underside of the ’29 cast aluminum foot board/ cylinder guard.

    “Cushman 1953”

    The rear section of the ice cream wagon is a Pacemaker? If it’s two speed (high & low), there’s a cut-out on the left side of the shell for a shift rod (looped at the end).

    Not many shells survived more than one (1) summer in Houston, before some kid removed it to expose the frame tubes and appear more dangerous, or to fit Houston Chronicle wooden/canvas racks. The motor’s sat on rubber discs sandwiched by hardened cover washers which allowed it to bounce in the frame. Center kick-start lever, if you pulled it up too high, the flex-tooth jaw would over-ride the starter gear, which then required re-lifting and tooth matching. Usually took three kicks to get started. A motor with even the slightest crack in the flywheel would never start. Wet weather was not it’s friend.

  9. 9 Mike Corbin.com May 27th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    He gets it (:-)

  10. 10 bean're May 27th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    These pictures are just a taste of what we lived and breathed while doing both Cannonballs for 16 days across America. Hope everyone supports Cannonball 2014 and continues the tradition.

  11. 11 nicker May 27th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Cool Pics…!!!
    Good technical Photographs are more than just art, they comprise an Historic Record.

    And without history to look back on our mechanical two wheel endeavors are nothing more than an exercise in fielding more marginally interesting contemporary transportation trivia.

    Those instances that have a soul are by definition, steeped in that MC History.


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