In person I might be a little shy on conversation, but give me a written platform and I can ramble for hours.
Whilst common blogging wisdom might say share short posts often to get most reach and response from your readers, I generally write much longer posts, and less frequently.
So to punctuate the inevitable continuation of these deeper meanderings, I thought I’d start a series of more regular short, punchy posts, entitled “These Three Photographs”.
First up, Cars.
One of my favourite local gardens is Borde Hill. It has enough space to wander and feel you can get lost in, yet enough formally tended areas to enjoy swathes of organised floral colour. Plus a few ancient decaying greenhouses and an old brick potting shed which make excellent photographic subjects.
The day I took this photograph I stumbled across a vintage Rover show in the main field of the gardens and couldn’t resist exploring and taking a few shots. Cars are wonderful to photograph, especially vintage ones with all their gloss and curves and chrome.
This was a strangely nostalgic trip too – walking past a number of these old beauties the scent of warm leather wafting through open windows on a summer’s day reminded me of the few classic cars my dad had, not least of all a black Morris Minor with cracked red leather seats.
This old Sujuki SJ jeep has been abandoned in the woods across the back of where we live, and I’ve visited a number of times to check in the progress of its decay and try and find some new angles.
The photograph above isn’t my favourite of the SJ, the sharpest or the cleanest. I just like that I was trying something a bit different (for me) with the self portrait in the mirror.
You can probably just make out I was using a 35mm film SLR, this time a Canon AV-1.
I would claim this is the best photograph I ever made with this lens, a Yashica DSB 50/1.9. It didn’t see a great deal of action, and I was hoping it would be as good as the ML versions, but it just didn’t seem to be capable of anything special.
Except this shot. Everything just seemed to work as I’d hoped – the depth of field, the tones, the subtle grain of the film, the curves.
I also kind of like that, in a world of relentlessly hectic change, Ford have had the same basic emblem and colour of blue for decades. It’s somehow reassuring.
What are your experiences of photographing cars? Please let us know (and feel free to share links) in the comments below.
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