May 27th, 2015

Randy Wells | Automotive & Travel Photographer | Writer

Posted in Photography, Rangefinder/Leica by Randy Wells

MARY ELLEN MARK R.I.P. (1940-2015)

Mary Ellen Mark was by far my favorite female photographer. She was legendary for her unstoppable and compassionate approach at Magnum. Melissa Harris, editor in chief of Aperture Foundation, says, “She got to know the subjects she photographed very well, and she was able to convey who they were and how they lived, as well as a sense of their interior lives. There are not that many photographers who can do that.”

Her latest book, “Tiny: Streetwise Revisited,” returns to the main character of her 1980s book “Streetwise”, one of several homeless Seattle youths she photographed in black and white. It will be published by Aperture in the fall.

(Photos: Mary Ellen Mark)

Remembering Mary Ellen Mark

May 20th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

912 # 13415

PCA’s Panorama Magazine has done it again. They continue to set the bar for quality automotive photojournalism when it comes to Porsche. My thanks go to editor Pete Stout, creative director Richard Baron, writer Rick Becker, and owner Tim Drummond for their collaboration on the “Prototyp 13415″ 912 story that’s just been published.

May 10th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

NEW LEAF ’72T

Thanks to editor Randy Leffingwell and Road Scholars Magazine for showcasing my article on this lightly modified 50K mile 1972 Porsche 911T. It was originally built to special order with Leaf Green paint, tan interior, 5-speed transmission, forged alloy Fuchs, ‘S’ appearance group, tinted glass, and sunroof. Recently, it gained a 2.67-liter motor, 930 brakes, uprated A/C and other cool mods that have made this into one supremely comfortable and fast ride.

Read all about it here

May 8th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells

BMW PRO3 RACING

There’s a fun little article coming out that I recently completed for Bimmer Magazine. It portrays a group of racing friends who compete in similar BMW E30s at Pacific Northwest tracks. Everyone has the same setup: motor, tires, suspension, and brakes. If you want to go racing, here’s a way to do it, and it won’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s more about the driver than anything else. That, and how much fun you can have.

May 5th, 2015

Posted in Travel by Randy Wells

CINCO DE MAYO

“In America, Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas. But in Mexico, it’s celebrated a bit differently. The holiday actually commemorates a military victory, when Mexico defeated the French in 1862.”

More here

April 29th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

ROGER GRAGO’S RIDE

It was an honor to produce a feature for my dear friend and fellow early Porsche 911 enthusiast, Roger Grago, who passed away last fall. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made this possible, including Terrie Grago, Mike Sofka, Scott Hendry, Dan Reese, John Esposito, Dick Moran, and Jeff Zwart.

Please follow the link below to the full Excellence Magazine on-line article for Roger’s 1973 911 RS/GT. The printed June issue #228 is now available on the newsstand.

As Keith Seume says, “The longer you spend in classic Porsche circles, the more you come to realize that this hobby of ours has very little to do with cars: It’s all about the people!”

Roger’s Ride

April 25th, 2015

Posted in Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells

FERDINAND PIECH RESIGNS

A grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Piech became chairman and CEO of Volkswagen in 1993. He turned the company around and added top marques like Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti. Under Piech’s direction, VW bought Porsche in 2012 and in the process became Europe’s biggest carmaker – just four years after Porsche made a failed attempt to buy VW. In the ’60s, Piech pushed the boundaries at Porsche, ultimately creating the 917. His resignation signifies the end of a long power struggle at VW/Audi/Porsche. It’s the end of an era.

Portrait: Hermann Bredehorst

April 14th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

ON THE ROAD TO HWY 61 REVISITED

When Bob Dylan was growing up in the 1950s, Highway 61 stretched from Duluth, Minnesota (his birthplace) down to St. Louis, through Memphis, into the Mississippi Delta, and eventually ending in New Orleans. Along the way, the route passed the home towns of influential musicians like Muddy Waters, Son House, Elvis Presley, and Charley Patton. Blues legend Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil for mastery of the blues. The location? Where Route 61 (now known as the “Blues Highway”) crosses Route 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. More

April 7th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

ROAD SCHOLARS MAGAZINE

Thanks to Randy Leffingwell, Kevin Watts, and Cam Ingram for publishing my story on Don Murray’s 1964 Porsche 901 #018 – a very special car. It’s exciting when a photojournalist finds a new showcase for their work, and these guys are the best for doing that.

Read all about the Road Scholars e-magazine here.

April 2nd, 2015

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

MECHANICAL CAMERAS IN A DIGITAL AGE?

“At a very fundamental level, humans are defined and shaped by their use of tools. Tool use is the basis of human culture, and the tactile experience provided by using a tool is profoundly significant for human flourishing. Ironically, now that people spend so much time in a two-dimensional universe there’s a renewed acknowledgment of the pleasure to be found in the aesthetics and use of beautiful three-dimensional objects. The mechanical camera underlines the quirky, humanistic qualities of instruments created by hand. A mechanical camera is only partly a photographic device. It is also a complex and nuanced tactile object.”

See more at: Leicaphilia

(Marc Bolan w/ Nikon F photo: Unknown)

March 29th, 2015

Posted in Travel by Randy Wells

SPRING TRAVEL FOR 2015

Want to see more than what’s available on your smart phone? Love big cities and the cultural events they offer? Here are some recommended travel destinations for the coming months. The dollar is currently strong against the Euro!

Paris, France – Blossoms and Art in April
Rome, Italy – City Celebration in April
San Francisco, California – Film Festival in April
New York, New York – SoHo Shopping in May
London, England – Music Festivals in June

March 25th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Rangefinder/Leica, Video/Film by Randy Wells

WIM WENDERS FILM ON SALGADO OPENS

“The Salt of The Earth”, which debuted at Cannes last fall and was nominated for an Acadamy Award, will be opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Theaters nationwide will follow in April and May. Directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado made this documentary film about renowned photojournalist Sebastian Salgado. More

March 19th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER

Congrats to everyone at Bellevue Porsche, the new Washington state dealership whose grand opening happened last night. A Porsche 918 Spyder was on display with its hybrid 608-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine, centerlock wheels and huge green brakes. Loved it sitting next to Steve Terrien’s 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder that I shot for Excellence Magazine in 2012.

March 13th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

PORSCHE MACAN MEETS THE CASCADES

Coming soon to PCA members is a story on Porsche’s 2014 Macan CUV. It’s a look back on a PNW owner’s experiences over the past nine months. Shot entirely in the rain with owner Wendy Gulick at the wheel! Thanks again to Panorama Magazine for featuring my work in words and pictures.

March 2015 Panorama Magazine

March 8th, 2015

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

JOSEF KOUDELKA

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
November 11, 2014 – March 22, 2015
Getty Center, Los Angeles

“An aeronautical engineer by training, Josef Koudelka… became intensely committed to photography by the mid-1960s and quickly emerged as one of the most influential, iconoclastic photographers of his generation. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988 — traces his legendary career with more than 140 works produced over five decades. It marks the first time that the work of one contemporary photographer will fill the Center for Photographs at the Getty.”

Don’t miss it.

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March 2nd, 2015

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

ERNST HAAS WAS BORN 90 YEARS AGO TODAY

It would be fun to eavesdrop on what my two photographic mentors were talking about in the ’70s. I can just imagine Sam Abell (left) saying to Ernst Haas (right), “The underlying signature design element in my images is a triangle, a strong horizon line with a point above, what’s yours? ” Then Ernst would reply “The symbol for infinity, a figure 8.”

(Photo: Roy Hamaguchi)