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2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

Creative talent can be a tricky thing. An artist may have control over their work if they keep it private, but the minute they commercialize their talents for a paying customer, well, things can get a bit ugly. That's how you get stories of artists reclaiming paintings they've sold because they don't like the people looking at them, or writers walking off movie sets infuriated at the direction their screenplay has gone. What's common in artistic circles or in Hollywood, though, doesn't come up much in the automotive industry. Not much, but it happens.

Take, for example, one Webb Bland, the photographer behind the recently leaked photos of the new 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible. A beautiful set of shots, to be sure, but Bland has gone on an absolute tirade on his Facebook page, enraged that the photos were leaked ahead of schedule. In his fury, Bland lashed out at his client Chrysler and the "lone, misguided idiot" who leaked the photos, thus ruining "five weeks of careful planning and logistics".

Bland's wrath, however, is not reserved for his clients alone; he goes on to lambaste the "many car blogs [that] have already run many of the photos cropped awkwardly, without context or back story, and at a horribly compressed resolution, on top of that." Hey, that's us! You'll have to read the full diatribe (which we've posted for you after the jump in case the shooter gets second thoughts) to get all the expletives we've left out, but while – for our part at least – we're not about to engage Bland in his ranting, we can't help but wonder if he's ever heard the old adage, "Don't pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel."


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[Source: NotBland Automotive Photography via CarScoop]
From NotBland Automotive Photography on Facebook

Thanks entirely to one lone, misguided idiot somewhere outside of the fantastic marketing team at Chrysler, many of my photos were leaked online yesterday, weeks in advance of the meticulously scheduled unveiling. Five weeks of careful planning and logistics by the crew destroyed in an instant, by one selfish arrogant douchebag who got a hold of the digital files before the CEO was set to review the images.

Today, the marketing team got the go ahead to *officially* unveil the photos that were leaked, plus five more exclusive unseen images, complete with the official introduction to the new car. So while I am excited for the world to see my newest set, it's goddamn infuriating that so many car blogs have already run many of the photos cropped awkwardly, without context or back story, and at a horribly compressed resolution, on top of that. At the time of writing this, not very many sites have run the new press release yet, so as my fans, you get a true world unveiling for several of the photos.

Rage-inducing leak aside, I hope you all enjoy my newest set. A very special thank you to the amazing Will Stern for suffering three early mornings of frigid cold wind with me, to act as my chief lighting technician all three days of shooting. And of course the awesome four-man driver/detailing crew from Prestige Autos for their expert knowledge of the area; couldn't have found many of the locations we used without them.


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      jerry henkel
      • 4 Years Ago
      WAAAAAAAAAAAAA! WAAAA, WAAAA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've gotta say the 200 convertible looks a lot better than the sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds quite frustrated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand his issues, but really, he's taking pictures of a car. The cropping is needed because not everyone has 30 inch screens or cares about the artistic context. Most people want to see the freakin' car. And it'd be nice if the photographers would realize that the audience is not looking for art, but for cars. If not for the desire for some sort of visual context, the ideal would be a perfect white background... and by "visual context" I don't mean seeing an entire bath-house on the side, or an entire cityscape.

      And for what it's worth at least one publication provided full context, which is to say engineering, pricing, features... but yeah, downsampled and cropped, for those without massive monitors and fast Net connections... http://www.allpar.com/cars/chrysler/200-convertible.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking of context as, Key Biscayne causeway, Virginia Key, and the garage at the corner of Alton and Lincoln in South Beach. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      UNSAFE in a rollover.............
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful photography. Makes an average car look glamorous. Isn't that the point?

      And isn't it also the point of highlighting your client's product to gain exposure?
      Once the photographer was paid for his services, what does he care?
      His work is done, and it is working.... gaining exposure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not bad webb, nice photos. i wouldve angled some a little differently, but not much. very good, sorry that youre surrounded by stupidity
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok so whop-de-do for the 200 convertible. But seriously 200 is good, mid-size is nice, convertible is.. not really necessary but it's a good vehicle but what Chrysler really needs is a 100 model. A sedan, coupe, and hatchback 100 and a crossover counterpart based on the Jeep Compass. Call it the 100X. Make it easy for people. The 100 class. Coupe, Sedan, Hatch, Crossover. Use a 1.6L turbocharged 4 sourced from Hyundai (you are partners with them Chrysler) and put in a 6 speed automatic with available AWD on the Crossover, and you could really sell a lot of vehicles. Then add a 5 seat 200X based on the Journey, a 300X based on the Durango, rename the Town & Country the 300L and you have a legitimate, cohesive lineup of quality cars. Thats how you make money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to tell this guy that pics for a car like this don't have to get "leaked." Were they really gonna have "teasers" for this thing? lol.

      Seriously for the 200 you could take a picture with a camera phone and it would look just about the same as any effort to actually make this car look good. Maybe he's more upset about his awesome background shots being leaked?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you have a chief lighting technician, I'd say your past the stage where you can call yourself an artist. Try a businessman.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if it wasn't for this leak and his rant, i'd prob never see the pictures of this wholly un-interesting car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't worry no one this side of the pond likes the car anyway so nobody even noticed :)
      Are they still photographing static cars…hmm thought it was all digital renders these days…now where is my wacom pen gone to
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