About Jim Kauppi:
Machinery Photo Art
I attended high school in Milford Michigan, a car town, as it’s home to the General Motors Proving Grounds. Although not a hot-rodder, I’ve always been interested in machinery. I was employed by Ford Motor Company at Ford’s Steel Mill at the River Rouge complex while a co-op student at Western Michigan University. I worked for Ford briefly following graduation, then entered the Peace Corps serving in Bolivia teaching auto mechanics. After the Peace Corps I was employed by Clark Equipment Co. until retirement.
I’ve taken photographs for years, more recently focusing on historic tractors and automobiles. These machines tell a story not just about technology, but more importantly about how they’ve been a part our lives. I try to reflect my feelings about our lives and times in my photo art, using text to help portray the significance of the photograph.