We took the new Insignia to the coasts of Scotland, for Vauxhall.
In this career there are times when you are very glad you picked up the phone. For me, one of these times was when Nick Wilson phoned to see if I would like to join him on a trip to Italy, shooting for Ferrari magazine.
The trip was the first ever for Ferrari, and would be full of firsts for not only the brand, myself and Nick, but also Italy. The most iconic of these being having all 70 cars parked under the "leaning tower of Pisa", a location cars are never allowed.
The guest list of cars read like a deck of top trumps being laid out;
- 1947- 125s
- 1957- 250GT Berlinetta (PL TDF)
- 1974- Dino GTS
- 1959- 250 GT Berlinetta (PL TDF) "interim"
- 1950- 166mm
- 1955- 750 Monza
- 1956- 860 Monza
- 2017- La Ferrari 70th anniversary edition
....just to name a few.
And then our rental car, A 2017 Jeep renegade... Diesel.
Luckily for us, and our (in the company we were driving in) underpowered rental car, we had police outriders shutting down junctions on roads and roundabouts to keep our convoy flowing. With the Cavalcade Classiche stickers on the side of our car acting as a get out of jail free card we could push close to the limit of what was "legal" on the public roads. When we dropped out of the convoy and the safety of the police outriders our progress along the route slowed to a snail like pace.
It wouldn't just be the public roads the owners would be able to push their cars on tho, the trip included a session at Fiorano, the Ferrari test track. Finishing the trip at the Ferrari factory to see where their future orders will be built.
"I can dream"
Italian Police officer
With thanks to everyone involved in this trip, to Nick for the invite, and to the team at Ferrari for giving us access and permission to shoot the factory floor (another first).
I love my job.
A few of weeks ago I was honoured to be asked to shoot the new Citroen concept car alongside director/Photographer Tom Kan, being the second person in the world to shoot the new design concept from one of the most daring manufacturers.
Here is a selection of images shot for Citroen.
More details coming after the Paris motor show where the car will be on display.
At the start of this week I spent the day at Silvertone race circuit to shoot some images for Spinal track, A non-profit who have a VW Golf GTI that’s converted for spinal injured drivers.
The car itself is not quite how it came out the factory, with a Golf R engine in place of the original GTi block, coliovers, Toyo 888R tires and a full cage alongside a Revo map. It shifts! Oh and the throttle and brakes are controlled by a leaver alongside the steering wheel so when cornering the driver has one hand on the wheel.
The organization offer driving days, and passenger rides for anybody with a spinal injury, giving a taste of track driving and the freedom along side it. With expert tuition alongside the driver the participants on the day were embarrassing some very capable cars (sorry Monaro, you just cant corner well enough).
Im not going to say too much as there will be an article coming out soon with a lot more details, but if you’re in an industry that can support the growth of this team, please get in touch. They do great things.
More images in the article coming soon.
On a recent shoot with CAR magazine we managed to get three minutes to shoot a portrait of racing driver Bruno Senna who was with McLaren showing what the P1 GTR and new 675LT could do on track.
With a short time period to shoot in, and only 5 minutes to set up I used one Photek softlighter, on a Profoto B1, to balance the sunlight that gives the rimlight to Bruno’s shoulders. I dialed in the settings on both cameras and fired off a wide with the 5Diii followed by a full length portrait before moving over to the 1Dx and swapping the Profoto AirRemote to get a tighter portrait.
You could tell Bruno has been doing these shoots for years, with just a small conversation to discuss the shots we wanted Bruno knew just what to do in front of camera. We managed to have a chat with Bruno later in the day and he is one of the friendliest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet.
For Ben Miller’s full write up of the day grab a copy of this months CAR magazine.