Audi TT with Tandy

Recently I have been contacted by a few retouchers looking for collaboration, I was finally impressed by one guy in-particular and thought it was time to give it a shot and see what others can help me to achieve. The person in question was Nick Tandy, a very talented retoucher from right here in the UK.

The image we used was one that I shot at Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in June, with many cars on display it was hard not to take a few pics. Nick took the racing TT and put it right where it should be, speeding up the track. A good start which will hopefully lead to a great professional team in the future.


Final Major Project

This year I will be graduating from my Ba(Hons) Digital Photography that I have been studying at Ravensbourne College in London. For my Final Major Project I decided to concentrate on creating a portfolio of advertising car images as all my current work is editorial classic cars. Each car I photographed as an individual advertising project, keeping in mind its final use of a billboard. online advertising or various print media. The final project was to be delivered in an editorial style layout to emphasis the bone line structure of the cars design, this meant that although I took some amazing interior images for a few of these vehicles they were not relevant to the final project. Below is an extract from the first DPS:

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Ever since I was old enough to play with toy cars their design and shape has always been a fascination. Having never been one to play rough as a child; to avoid damaging these small masterpieces I would neatly place them on a shelf or arrange them in groups near the sunlight, my favourite was a metallic purple Lamborghini Diablo.

There have always been cars around as we grew up, my younger brother, twin and I. Our father was a mechanic ever since he left school and often worked on vehicles late into the night to help pay the bills and make sure there was food on the table. At the time I didn’t appreciate what he was doing and the skills he had, perhaps if I did I may have visited the garage more often and tried to learn a bit more about the engine. I have to admit though that the mechanical side never really drew me in, it was always the design of the body shape, the arrangements of the rear clusters, the shape and tuning of the exhaust system that gained my interest.

Entering into adult-hood I found myself studying Garden Design, through this I learnt a lot about design elements, structure, colours and how light affects different objects. Armed with these new skills and knowledge I became a modified car enthusiast and avid amateur photographer. It never occurred to me to combine the two until half way through my photography degree, one couldn’t have found a better combination as now I can combine two hobbies and passions into something that I do every day. Some cars fuel my passion more than others and these are generally the cars that have strong sharp bone lines, the type you see in more muscular cars such as the GT500 Mustang pictured here.

The basis for my final major project came about because of this love for the strong design of these structural lines. Wanting to develop methods of lighting to emphasise this structure by using natural and artificial light. This was the chance to finally shoot the cars that I really love the look of, although I shoot editorially on a regular basis these are usually beautiful classics which have much more curvaceous bodies (except some of the awesome American vehicles I now shoot). Editorial is a great portfolio and experience builder but my ultimate goal is to become an advertising photographer and for this I need a portfolio of new cars.

Each of the vehicles photographed in this project were planned as an advertising shoot with multiple final uses. Post production methods for advertising were researched and have been used to great effect. You will find the most recent shoots at the beginning of this publication, the first set of images were taken in September 2014 and the most recent in May 2015.

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has helped put this portfolio of images together, Afzal at Kahn Design, Kim and Peter at Noble Automotive, Paul at Kent Custom Dipping, Richard for use of his Mustang, Matt for the 218d, Daniel for the C36 AMG, Iliyan Yanev for assisting on a few photo shoots and Dora my beautiful fiancée for her patience, plentiful cups of teas and making sure I do not starve during those long hours of retouching.


Mercedes-Benz AMG Billboard

AMG Billboard idea

Mercedes-Benz AMG Billboard Campaign

 

As a personal development task I am currently photographing vehicles with the outcome of a commercial project in mind. For this shoot I decided to photograph a Mercedes-Benz AMG and base it around the idea of creating two different size billboards. I photographed one moving shot and a couple of stationary shots. I am also looking at bone line structure of vehicles at the moment and photographing vehicles the best way I can to show this, therefore I took some additional detail images to illustrate this.


Noble M600 Speedster Concept Super Car Prototype

Noble M600 Speedster

Noble M600 Speedster Prototype, Aerial View

 

Yesterday I went and completed the second part of the Noble M600 Speedster Concept shoot, it now has its new vents on the back. The new images help to illustrate the differences between the M600 and the M600 Speedster much better. The Speedster is an open top version of the M600 and is still in it’s prototype stage. Never heard of Noble but love this car? Check out their website here: http://www.noblecars.com/


Noble M600 Speedster Concept – Part 1

At very short notice last week (2 days) I was asked to go and photograph the new Noble M600 Speedster Concept, which was released in Birmingham on the 8th January 2015 before it heads to Brussels for it’s debut in Europe. The new prototype is an open top version of the popular M600, it will sport a 4.4 litre Volvo engine giving it a whooping 650bhp. The body is made from Carbon Fibre and fibreglass making it extremely light and agile, keeping to their guns of a manual car giving you that raw edge it makes this vehicle easy to repair without all the unnecessary electronics of today’s modern motors. Never heard of Noble but love this car? Check out their website here: http://www.noblecars.com/

Here are a few images from the shoot:

Noble M600 Speedster Concept

 


Lamborghini Conversion

On Saturday I photographed a Lamborghini Gallardo for a client, this is a little special as was the old model and has been modified to look like the new model.

GallardoRearV8

GallardoFrontV3

 


Kahn Design

Kahn Design produces bodykits for high end cars ranging from front grilles to full wide arch kits, they also produce wheels, watches and other fashionable apparel. I went to visit them a while ago to photograph some of their vehicles, below you will find a few images from my week with them.


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