The List – Lotus Carlton (Classic Car Magazine)

‘The List’ is an article done by Classic Cars Mag and puts a reader in one of their chosen dream drives. The reader this time was a guy called Tim and one of his dream rides is the Lotus Carlton… For me this is a classic icon from my youth and was great to see this car in the flesh. A mint example with sub 14k miles on the clock. No 95 of I think 950 cars completed. Around the North Yorkshire moors we took off to find some roads that were suitable for some tracking shots. The opening cover …

‘Life Cycle’ – Classic Cars Editorial

Each car I’ve shot for Classic Cars Magazine has been for a different editorial piece. For example the last post was for ‘The Collector’ piece and this Laser Capri is for the ‘Life Cycle’ article. Not quite back home in the North East for this one but getting there… at the North end of North Yorkshire. As ever my mind is on the opening image and the DPS. This was another one of those moments of interest when you see how the magazine has used the images you shot. Not a DPS as such but 3/4 of one. Depending on …

‘The Collectors’ – Classic Cars Magazine

With just over half of the Hughes collection to shoot there was still enough to feast your eyes upon with 9, covered, stored vehicles ranging from the 1940s through to the 90s. Using the words from the article (credit – Ben Field) John Hughes …”left that morning as an owner but came back a collector”. This shoot for Classic Car mag was to capture images for the next installment of ‘The Collectors’ editorial. Looking at those with a passion to find and collect cars with real intent and purpose. John Hughes is no different. With the help of is two …

911 Restoration – Leeds Porsche Centre

This was at the time the closest automotive magazine shoot that I’ve had… only a 20min drive … happy days. Shot for Classic Car magazine the 911 Turbo won ‘Best Mechanical Restoration’ and was only a few points of being the overall winner. If I were to shoot in a garage I’m more used to the smaller shops or mostly private garages. The Porsche Centre Leeds certainly was on another level altogether. Clean, organised and the whole place spoke ‘efficiency’. The first port of call was to get the main DPS (Double Page Spread) shot sorted as that was the …

Morgan Motor Co – 15 years on…

If you’ve have a scan through my site you probably have come across images of Morgan Motor Co. I spent a few days back in 1999 documenting the life in the factory which was my final degree work and helped me gain a 1st BA(Hons). Armed with a Bronica ERSi with a few fixed lenses as far as I can remember I had no real aim or brief for myself other than to ‘shoot life’ in the factory. I shot on Ilford XP2 and think I had 120 rolls which for a 6×4.5 size neg (6cmx4.5cm negative) gave me 15 …

Febs cover feature… (ACM)

Going back to my ‘home land’ is always welcome… so when I was asked to shoot this Mustang, even though based in the wrong footballing world it was to be back in the North East. Further north than where I was born the ‘Geordie’ accent was thicker and stronger to the point I had to concentrate to understand the conversation… I digress… I’ve always been a fan of the mustang but this was a beast of a one… The location was set but last minute issues was that we couldn’t get access to the desired building. A shell of a …

Goodwood to Venice – 7 Day Rally / Trip

A little over a month now I formed part of a 4 person crew driving two support vehicles with the extra role of rally photographer. Not so much driving and car photography but documentary / street / fly on the wall photography….or which ever you want to call it. This area of editorial photography suits me down to the ground. The trip started early at Goodwood with a few laps around the track and then off to the channel tunnel. A couple of nights through France then a short trip through Switzerland then onto Italy. Documenting the places / hotels …

No horsing around with this Grand National…

A shoot earlier this summer found me photographing a car which can be described as the car Darth Vadar would drive if not in his Tie Fighter… This car had a recent revival thanks to the movie ‘Fast & Furious 4’… you can see a clip from the scene here… Its one of those cars that … well it sounds funny but you either know it or you don’t. While we were there it caused a little bet with some of the workers at an adjacent factory to guess what it was… One of them came to find out and …

Torino makes cover…

As I write this blog I’m in the middle of shooting 6 cars for American Car Mag … As with pretty much all these American cars the 68 Torino GT was great to look at and had a great shape. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but for me the location can make or break the shoot / final images. I’m always looking for ‘urban’, ‘industrial’, ‘gritty’ backdrops for these cars. This location was based about 30 miles from the car but thanks to the owner he was really willing to travel and make the best possible use of this …

Behind the Lens – MG Midget

On the shoot for Practical Classic magazine, as well as the owner and myself we had Neil with us (senior writer for PC who came to interview the owner and also to keep an eye on me 😉 I asked him to grab a few shots of me in action so I can include some more ‘Behind the Lens’ articles. You don’t see many images of me…but at least this one has my best side!!! The resulting image of that set up is below… Straight forward shot. Another shot of the set up… I mainly use a couple of Speedlights …