MONO’s new carbon composite wheel

Only a few months back I went to BAC (Briggs Automotive Company Ltd) to capture the life in the factory, this to follow on my work at Morgan Motor Company and fuel my photo-journalistic style and passion. You can see some of those images on my editorial website here.

I was asked back this week to shoot BAC’s new Carbon Composite Option Wheel for the Mono. You can read their press release and more details here.

In the middle of getting a few cars and staff ready for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend we were juggling a customers car and these new wheels in order to get these images for a quick press release.

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A few images within the display / showroom area of the BAC set-up, this is the same location and area I shot another Mono as one of my portraits (you can see via this link).


Trying to work fairly quick with 4 lights to capture the carbon element of the wheel as well as creating an aesthetic image.


Once shooting the car from a couple of angles as well as the wheels in this environment we moved into the factory to almost carry on from my visit a few weeks back but looking to capture these wheels on the car and in prep.

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You can see all the factory ones in my portfolio and I’ll add these images to the other factory images taken earlier this year.

After have fun… I took some more product type images to get some more detailed images. You can see from this quick images off my phone of the simple set-up due to the time scale we had in needing to get these shot and edited asap.



Simple white background roll, using available light (making sure we turned off all the sodium / incandescent lights so it was just the daylight through the skylights that filled the factory. After that I used black cloth (you can see on the floor of the phone image above) to hold up to stop unwanted colour reflections on the inside of the wheel. Being black and shiny it is like a mirror. There was a bright green carbon body to the right of us and that cast a green highlight on the wheel so with the black cloth held up we can mask the unwanted reflections.


If I was to use a white cloth instead of a black one then that also would have been too much and would have shown a different reflection in the wheel.





We really only could have got away with this set up due to the wheel being predominately black and so on a white background you can over expose more than a light wheel, or more highly reflective.


Great to see these images being put to use the day after and thanks to BAC again.

Until next time



BACMono “One of a kind”

I had the pleasure recently of visiting the BAC (Briggs Automotive Company) factory again and this time had the chance to create one of my Car Portraits. These I shoot for car collectors and anyone else that would like something different and bespoke on their garage, office or man cave wall.

A combination of a technique that just captures the flash and not the ambient light, certain strip lighting and a keen eye to try and capture the contours of the car. I finish up with about 40 images. From these I combine certain areas from each image to produce a final portrait. The final image is in the minds eye when shooting but only reveals itself whilst working post capture which for me is where the enjoyment comes.

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As well as looking to ‘create’ a portrait I also capture certain features of the vehicle…


These are a little more straight forward to capture.


This one above of the ‘head rest’ was captured with two images. Carbon fibre has a great pattern to it but the light has to be in the right angle… To give this more shape I lit the far side for the ‘trim’ on the opposite side to give the whole structure more form instead of letting the headrest fade off into black.


Again for the same reason as the headrest, this image of the tail lights was a combination of two images. The reason being the carbon directly below the red stripe brake light could only be lit from a certain angle to show the recognizable carbon pattern.


These few images were among other detailed shots for me to select from, in the end to produce a final poster print… an example of which is below…

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At this stage we can create any size print and formation of images to appeal to the owners choice, appeal and also chosen wall space.

If you are interested in finding out how you could commission your own JJPCarPortrait for yourself or indeed as a gift or corporate gift then please just contact me.

You can see some behind the scenes images within the BAC factory via this link.

For now… be safe