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 images per roll. I’ve still got all the negs and brings back memories of days in the dark room selecting and editing down my final gallery.

20150123_100554 Think the ‘X’ marks the initial cut and then the tick may have been final edit and   print…

While looking through them there are plenty of other portraits and shots which never made the first selection… still plenty of memories.

Shooting film (aka “Filim”) you need to be disciplined in the sense that you can’t just format the camera and shoot shoot shoot!… unless your student loan could stretch to another few rolls.

Something I still do today is to only take the shot if your about 90% sure its going to at least make a 1st selection.

Approaching this project again last Sept (2014) I came to the decision that I would just approach it without referring back to the 1999 shoot. Just to shoot it as I would how I do now… with the thought of keeping it colour.


The only thing I was wanting to ‘repeat’ was to find out who were still there from 1999… The image above shows the original portrait of ‘Taff’ and an inverted version to show it the correct way…. the scanned image is below…

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Certainly the current longest employed employee at Morgan. Great guy to talk to and when shown the images from 1999 could point out everyone and tell me if they are still employed or have moved on.

Still working on the trim for the various models… Shooting what I see and trying to tell the story through images I don’t move things around to ‘tidy’ or to make a better composition. We’ve been given two legs, use them and find the shot. After saying that I had to get the glue pot into this image as I shot, not the same pots! but tins of glue back in 1999. There was a similar pot in the original shot of Taff and you can just see the brush handle above the blurred object in the foreground.

The next shot we ended up replicating just…..because we could as they still worked in the same workshop and in the same area.

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Just seeing the electrical fuse box on the back wall…the horizontal marks on the double doors are still there. Change has come with the roller door to the right (which I think is to help the flow more of the cars through the various stages)… and a few licks of paint now and then : )


Vince was another of the guys I grabbed a shot of… (the original one never made the final selection) …still putting 72 pieces (if thats still right?) of ash wood together to make the frame… Again great stories and memories from Vince when seeing the images from 1999.

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Another one of them shots (above) I remembered whilst walking around was this one. Again didn’t make the final selection of images…

Ear MuffsJJP_7492All the other images shot last year were natural light as the same in 1999 but this one I just wanted to set up some lights quickly to try something different…

A project I’m pleased I made to see the place change…to see how I’ve changed or not changed in my approach. My style and vision for a shot has not really changed, yes technology has moved drastically on but you run with it and use it to your advantage.

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Even the ‘fun buggies’ have evolved…

So has life in the factory moved on?…yes and no. 15 years in the Morgan Factory is not a great amount. There’s many more images right through the history of the company taken by may photographers but I’ve enjoyed completing the circle…… and I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my eyes.

You can see the gallery of images from 1999 here and you then can see some of the images from 2014….15 years on here.

If were still here in 2029 then who knows… : )

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 and people on the trip to produce a story / timeline of the 7 day trip. This was then offered as a leather bound Photo Story Book to the guests on the trip.

Just over 21 cars were entered. Bentley’s, Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and Aston’s to name but a few of the cars involved. Please follow this link to see a selection of promo shots selected to give a flavour of the rally.

For more info on the next scheduled rally please visit Riviera Rally 2015. Next years destination is casino square Monte Carlo.


To see a few more images that include some of the destinations please follow this link.


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 become. Take Bentley for instance, they have such a history within motor-racing and have the images to go with it. Not may companies be it within the automotive world or other sectors that take a positive step to document current projects, events, achievements in order to capture them for historical value.

(The Late Peter Morgan, sat on the ash wood which is used to make the car frame)

Anyway… I wanted to capture the people as well, to document these men and women that had a real skill and pride in manufacturing a true British motoring icon.

Please follow this link to see a selection of images taken back in 1999. I’m sure I’ll add to this album from time to time with other images I find.


Have you ever driven blindfolded?

I’m sure the most of us have not driven blind folded but for a recent shoot, I was asked to document a world record for a blind driver.

Miles-Hilton Barber lost his sight in his 20’s but for this Zimbabwean it has not held him back. He is a motivational speaker and international adventurer with a list of achievements and records that a sighted person could only dream of.

This record was to set the fastest speed whilst driving a Morgan three wheeler. Aided by his sighted co-pilot Colin Terry of ‘3 Wheel Drive’ Miles reached a speed of over 100mph. If it wasn’t for the strong cross wind I’m sure he would have pushed the car further.

To see more of Miles’ adventures please visit his website here.

(a potted history of Miles… Words from the Mog Mag article…)

Miles began losing his sight in his early-20s due to retinitis pigmentosa, and by 30 he was totally blind. He moved to England and worked for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and started participating in sporting adventures in the late-1990s. Achievements include: First blind pilot accompanied by a sighted copilot to undertake a 55-day, 21,000 kilometre microlight flight from London to Sydney, relying on revolutionary speech-output technology on his instruments for navigation; crossing the entire Qatar Desert non-stop day/night in 78 hours without sleep; and circumnavigating 38,000 miles around the world using 80 forms of transport.