A Photo-Impressionist work by SoCal photographer Gus McCrea sold today for what is believed to be a record sum for images from the Reno Air Races.
The work, 'Major Heather 'Lucky' Penney and Raju Grace, Debut 2010' depicts Penney in her orange L-29 racing jet "Raju Grace' set like a bird of prey at the end of Reno/Stead Field's runway, ready for takeoff. The purchase was made by an as-yet undisclosed buyer for "somewhere in the high end of four-figures."
'This is may be an historic moment," gruffed McCrea, "First for Heather, first for her jet, Team Air Race 21, Deane and Raju and the guys. Hell, its my first time at Reno too! "
Asked how he felt about the money, McCrea said, "Hell, who don't like money! Now I can pay off my bills from the trip! But really, this is a big moment for all the great shooters out there. If a work rises to the level of art in the buyer's eyes, then it should be sold as art, the same as art, and at a proper price. And like an original...