January 27th, 2015

Randy Wells | Automotive & Travel Photographer | Writer

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

CHET

Chet is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker featuring performances by Baker with Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, and Connie Kay recorded in December 1958 and January 1959 and released on the Riverside label.” [From Wilkpedia (I'm feeling lazy)]

My favorite Chet Baker album.

(Cover Photo: Lawrence Shustak)

January 23rd, 2015

Posted in Travel by Randy Wells

MEXICAN ESCAPE

If you fly to a touristed coastal resort, you will avoid the problems Mexico is currently experiencing. Oaxaca and Guadalajara are exceptions and worthy cultural destinations in their own right. Perhaps the best best spot for a winter getaway is Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. Ah… sun and warm water.

January 17th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

WINTERCREST

My warmest thanks to Panorama Magazine for featuring my photograph on the cover of their January issue. Editor Pete Stout and Creative Director Richard Baron have crafted this Porsche Club of America (PCA) publication to perfection over the past year.

January 14th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

RANDY WELLS WILL BE TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE WEST IN 2015…

Stay tuned – details to come!

(Photo: Copyright Randy Wells)

January 11th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Rangefinder/Leica by Randy Wells

REFLECTIONS ON ERNST HAAS

“There are almost too many possibilities. Photography is in direct proportion with our time: multiple, faster, instant. Because it is so easy, it will be more difficult.” – Ernst Haas

“Living in a time of the increasing struggle of the mechanization of man, photography has become another example of this paradoxical problem of how to humanize, how to overcome a machine on which we are thoroughly dependent… the camera…” – Ernst Haas

“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Haas

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January 9th, 2015

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(Cartoonist: Ruben Oppenheimer)

January 7th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

I’M HAPPIER NOW

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January 3rd, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Rangefinder/Leica, Travel by Randy Wells

NEW LEICA STORE IN BELLEVUE WA

Thanks to Tom Smith and Brad Weeks for accommodating me in their busy schedule during the grand opening of the new Leica Store in Bellevue, Washington.

The store is perfectly located in Bellevue Square and looks great. And the Leica products that you can check out in person are astonishing. After sampling it, I’d love to be using a Leica S-E and 70mm CS lens at my Porsche car studio less than three miles away!

December 31st, 2014

LOOKING FORWARD

2015 is sure to be an interesting year. The Porsche community has a lot to look forward to with Rennsport Reunion V scheduled for the fall in Monterey. Held every four years, it is a must see event for any Porsche enthusiast.

I will be producing a documentary film on Roger Grago and revisiting Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats for a future book. There are some amazing editorial stories to come as well – Pre-A 356s, early 911 racing cars, a celebrated Porsche autocross champion, an amazing 924, an iconic 914-6, and many others.

Plus, my “Steinbeck’s America” book will be printed for the general public to enjoy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Celtic New Year is November 1st, but it seems to fit…

December 30th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

LOOKING BACK

I’d rather live in the moment, but sometimes it’s good to look back and consider life’s challenges. 2014 was one of those years for myself and many others. Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable can be difficult. But, I’ve found it to be necessary for personal growth. By operating outside of your box, you can find your true strength and become uniquely creative. Basing your life’s purpose on what you really believe in is key. That will always work, because it’s founded on your authentic self.

December 29th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

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LAYLA AND DUANE ALLMAN

A certifiable all-time classic, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a blues-rock album by the pseudo-group “Derek and the Dominos”. It is best known for its eponymous title track, “Layla,” inspired by Eric Clapton’s infatuation with Patti Boyd (then George Harrison’s wife). It seems the perfect winter listen for the end of this year. More

December 25th, 2014

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

To all my friends, it’s been an amazing year. Have a happy holiday! And thanks for following my blog!

December 21st, 2014

Posted in Porsche by Randy Wells

ROGER GRAGO: 1953-2014

A dear friend of mine passed away this morning. My heartfelt condolences go to all his family and the entire early VW and 911 Porsche community for his loss. R.I.P.

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December 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

WHERE TO GO IN EUROPE THIS WINTER

Forget London and Paris, too cold. Same for the rest of northern Europe.

Here are a couple of getaway spots to view art in relative warmth. In Barcelona check out the Picasso and Miro museums. In Italy, well, you are spoilt for choice in art. it’s Venice, Florence, and Rome. Finally, head to the islands off Naples, such as Procida pictured here, inspired for some R&R and photography.

(Photographers: Unknown)

December 15th, 2014

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HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS SELF ABSORBED

A common condition in today’s busy world, here’s a test:

Are You Self Absorbed?

December 12th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

CAMERA SUTRA

Every once in a while I read a blog post site that makes me think. Here’s one from Blake Andrews :

Blake Andrews Blogspot