WEC @ Silverstone

Silverstone held the WEC over the weekend just gone. I’ve got to admit I’m not that clued up on all the different classes that compete in the World Endurance Champoinship but I like the atmosphere and ‘goings on’ behind the scenes. The weather was on the chilly side but dry…which was a good start. We had a walked past ‘The Loop’ and took a few of the cars that were already out on the track before heading to the main area just behind the International Pit Straight. For me all the engines sounded similar until the Aston Martins came around. …

‘Behind the Camera’ – Volvo

Another behind the camera post…this time with some images taken by a good friend (lets call him Richard) whose been mentioned in my blog before….(the focus driver) I wanted to match the location to the car as normal…to try and place the car in a ‘comfortable’ location which is fitting for the car or story. Richard has his own business (creating Apps – Appware) on an office park with some good ‘modern’ looking buildings that fit the bill. It was a tad touch and go for the weather on this one but the clouds broke and the sun came out…happy …

“Can you shoot Car to Car?”

A recent meeting with an automotive magazine title brought about a question and quest…. Can you show more car to car shots? Having the rig kit is great to get those shots with a limited ‘crew’ but for this certain title the cars they shoot can be anything up to £1m …. don’t think the owners would be happy in having these cars rigged up! So to show that I’m not bothered in hanging out of a boot of a moving car I asked a good friend…(lets name him ‘Richard’)….one of my petrol head friends to help out. The ‘chase’ …

Good turn out … @thegtcafe

My first visit and meet @thegtcafe, PistonHeads North West meet. A good chance to meet up with twitter folk in person, one being MotoSpeed. A clothing brand that captures the essence of all things motorsport… catching up with the owner and founder was good. The cars that turned out on what turned out to be a chilly night was impressive. A few Diablo’s, Dino, 458’s, 308’s, Cobra…just to name a few. In the garage was the star of the show for me…. Ford Mustang fastback…. stunning…. the original Steve McQueen bullet car… Hopefully more meets to come…

Camaro makes Cover

This was one of the most insane cars I’ve been in… up to 1000bhp…. and we went out in what Top Gear would describe as ‘VVW’ …Very Very Wet!!! The original location for this shoot (you can read about it here) was rained off on the day so Plan B came into play… We had to get something in the bag for this car as it was the 4th location that through one thing and another that we tried. Not the most inspiring of 60’s car parks but was the best of a bad situation. Getting the standard shots for …

Morgan Motor Company … Factory life in 1999

Think this formed part of my photography degree work…back in the day. Don’t think these images have ever gone out of date due to the nature of the Malvern factory and Morgan Moror Co. I was there for a couple of days with my old medium format film camera with B&W film (plus I took about 20 images on colour film) just capturing the life and goings on in the factory as I saw it. I love the power of photography and capturing a moment that is then recorded for history. The older the images get the more captivating they …

‘Behind the Camera’ – Dodge Charger

This one was a fun one… I tried to find a location that placed the General Lee in a fitting place similar to that of Hazard County. Google maps played a huge part again for me in looking for a suitable private road where we could shoot a rig shot. This was a private forest owned by a forestry company who were willing for us to use the drive to recreate Hazzard County. With a lot of cars you can use both the front windscreen and rear window to attached the rig…but as this car is about 18 foot long …

Full day in the studio…

8am in Manchester, waiting for the roller doors to open to shoot some car exteriors. Grabbed a couple of shots as we turned the vehicle around on my phone hence the poor quality. Long day but a good day…. As ever the wait to see the finished work is a long one… Almost two full batteries used for the camera whilst tethered to me mac. Until next time I’ve a bit of news, info or something of worth to share… Have a good weekend. Jona

The Dodge & Plymouth make it to the cover…

Enjoyed shooting this for American Car magazine back in the end of last summer, mainly cos the location made it for me. An old unit that was previously used as a garage which was sat vacant while the new tenants moved in….happy days. (below are a few rece photos I took before the shoot) (Reflections…a great way of making a subject ‘belong’ in its surroundings. It dried out before the shoot so that idea went by the wayside) (couldn’t ask for a better ‘urban’ location) (looking all around for different angles) I suppose a major part of my style comes …