September 17th, 2014

Randy Wells | Automotive Writer & Photographer

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

2014 PCA PARADE COVERAGE

I had a great time in Monterey this summer, and the photos I made there are now published. Look for them in the September issue of PCA’s national Panorama Magazine. Along with a Porsche 959 cover image, and photos of the record-breaking 2014 Porsche Parade, there’s a 2010 Cayman story I provided visuals for. This amazing car has a GT3 motor that owner Steve Lau and writer Pete von Behrens drove to top time of the day at the annual autocross. Congratulations guys, and thanks to Pete Stout and everyone at Panorama for featuring my imagery!

September 13th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

THE BEATLES IN MONO VINYL BOX DONE RIGHT

Apparently all the complaints from last year about The Beatles stereo LP box pressings got through to EMI. Optimal and analog tapes were enlisted for this new Mono box. Even Michael Fremer (and a respected mastering engineer) are saying good things about it on Analog Planet. I’m buying this set on wax… Yeah, I’m a Beatles completist.

Analog Planet

September 11th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

PCA PNWR SPIEL COVER

September’s issue of the “Spiel” is out… Thanks to editor David Cook and art director Dean Holbrook, and all the officers of the Porsche Club of America PNW region. My cover photograph depicts a fleeting moment at sunset when waves were crashing against the idyllic California coast with a beautiful Porsche in the foreground. Congrats to Jeanette and Mick Summa and their 1958 Custom Speedster!

September 4th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

WORLD OF SPEED 2014

Tom Woodford is bringing a a heavily modified 1975 Porsche 911 to the the Bonneville Salt Flats today to break the 200 mph mark. How will he do it? Add hp (3L water-to-air intercooled Turbo). Oh, and add big wings and parachute to slow down. Tom’s ride is sponsored by Elephant Racing, which did the suspension work, and Factory Tour Parts. I’ll be there to photograph it for Excellence magazine!

(Photo: Chuck Moreland)

August 27th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

BACK FROM CALIFORNIA, THEN OFF AGAIN

Life is like a box of Cracker Jacks. You never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately, I’ve been getting some very good stuff lately. Call it a creative phase. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

I’m very excited about the projects I’ve just completed, those that are half done, and the ones I’m about to do. I can’t give anything away, but it’s safe to say it will be satisfying for the folks who follow my work and like what I do.

August 21st, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

MORE CALIFORNIA PORSCHE GOODNESS

The Werks Reunion in Monterey last Friday was an awesome event. Over 500 Porsches lined the green fields of Carmel Valley. On hand were several unique models from Road Scholars’ collection, R Gruppe club, and PCA. I think they will be doing this again next year…

August 14th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

AFFAIR OF THE HEART

Congratulations to Rick Bradley and the California Porsche 356 convertible he bought new in 1960. My article and photographs appear in this month’s issue of Panorama Magazine. Here’s what Rick says about his lifelong ride, “It’s dependable and never fails to start on the first turn of the key. It doesn’t require a smog test, and it gives sports car feel with great fuel economy on regular gas, between 30 and 35 mpg. When the weather is sunny and warm, the top can be lowered in a few minutes.”

August 11th, 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

COMEDIANS MISSED

Light & Dark

Jonathan Winters & George Carlin

Robin Williams

RIP

August 9th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells

CARS YEAH

Cars Yeah is an innovative website that features podcast interviews with automotive entrepreneurs. Mark Greene asked me to participate, and our session will go live tomorrow. A good time is guaranteed!

CARSYEAH.COM

Randy on CARSYEAH.COM

August 2nd, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

PORSCHES AT RTC

Rain showers could not keep over 200 Porsches away from gathering at the Redmond Town Center mall in Washington state today. From 356s to a Carrera GT, the marque was well represented at the largest weekly exotic car meet north of Los Angeles.

David Alan Harvey on shooting with a 35mm lens

July 28th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

LOST ORIENTATION

“Some social philosophers (Bauman, Sloterdijk) focus attention to the fact that in modern society the continuous state of change has its toll. The fickle character of this age implies that individuals lose their sense of orientation. While improvising his way through the manifold changes modern man loses every sense of direction.” More

July 25th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

KINGMAN, ARIZONA

Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be the best thing that could happen. Recently I stepped out of my hotel room with a camera for a look at the sunset. There across the street was a gathering of American hot rods at a local drive-in. The 50mm f1.4 lens I had with me was perfect for the evening light, and I went to work. What a magical moment.

July 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

JAY MAISEL

Here are a few words of advice from Jay Maisel, a master color photographer with tremendous experience and wisdom:

“If you are not your own severest critic, you’re your own worst enemy. It is so much easier to take pictures if you have the camera with you. Go out empty – to have the real joy of not having something to shoot, to just be free. That’s what motivates me. The chance to look at something – and see something new.” More

July 14th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

NEW LED ZEPPELIN VINYL REISSUES

The long awaited Led Zep LPs are on record store shelves sealed in cellophane or spinning on young listeners USB turntables now.

The up side is they’re not scratchy or noisy, the down side is they don’t sound as good as originals or the Classic vinyl reissues from a few years ago.

You can read more in Michael Fremer’s review here

(Photographer: Unknown)

July 7th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Travel by Randy Wells

MEXICAR, AND OTHER STORIES TO COME

Hard to believe, but I’ve been on the road for 3 1/2 weeks shooting a dozen automotive subjects non-stop. My travels took me from Seattle to Pikes Peak, then Monterey, back to Pikes Peak, then on to LA, SF, Sacramento and finally home.

Some might say its even harder to believe that my story on Steven Harris’ 1967 911S rally car, nicknamed “Mexicar”, finally made it to print… More

June 27th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

30 YEARS AGO

It was thirty years ago that I traveled to Tokyo to participate in a photo workshop taught by Ernst Haas. I knew nobody when I arrived and gained two life-long friends by the time I returned home two weeks later. One is Len Krueger, as gifted a visual artist as anyone I’ve met.

Today I spoke with that second talented friend of mine, the legendary photographer Arthur Meyerson. His recent book The Color of Light reveals his influences, including Haas and Jay Maisel. Check it out before it goes out of print. Haas would say it’s amazing.

Review The Color of Light

Order The Color of Light

(Photo of Ernst Haas: Todd Weinstein)