MORE LE MANS CLASSIC
Challenging is how I would describe my week in France. What matters is I came back with the goods. That’s what being a professional is all about. My Porsche images are being held for publication, so here’s something different!
FAKE IT ‘TILL YOU MAKE IT
This blog post title is a commonly heard phrase in photography today.
To offer another perspective, the image that accompanies this post is one I made four days ago at 4:00 am on Sunday at the Le Mans Classic. It is a straight shot, an un-manipulated and un-composited original image. This rare setting was created when the full moon set under the Dunlop Bridge while the Group 4 cars began their first lap for that session. In the lead is the famous Le Mans winning 1966 Ford GT40. No other photographers were present.
You don’t need to fake it. You just have to make it.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
Hope yours was safe!
THROWBACK THURSDAY – IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS
Among the fifty or so rock concerts I’ve attended since 1970, The Moody Blues were one of the best live acts I’ve seen. Here’s a blast from the past for your listening and viewing pleasure.
VICARIOUS COVER AND EIGHT PAGE PORTFOLIO
It is a great honor to have mu Ferrari photographs featured on the cover and over eight pages inside the Summer 2023 issue of an automotive lifestyle magazine that is of the highest quality and standards, Vicarious.
Vicarious is a high-end car magazine with an informative on-line website. Reading this high-quality publication transports me to living vicariously through the men and women who enjoy a unique lifestyle. Many of the car owners featured made their own way through life from meager beginnings, yet found their calling and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. I’m lucky to tag along on occasion!
IT’S A LOVELY MORNING – BUT NOT EVERYWHERE
I often take my good fortune for granted.
It means I need to work at gratitude on a regular basis. In the process, I’ve come to realize that my life’s journey is an evolution that fills me with wonder and joy at the best of times. I think the world could use more of that.
Thank you to all my friends. I’m lucky to have each and every one of you.
(Photos by Randy and Andrea Wells)
FINALIST IN THE 2022 MOTOR PRESS GUILD BEST PHOTO AWARD
I am humbled to have a photograph selected again as a finalist in the MPG Best of Automotive Journalism Awards.
“The Last Porsche 911 ST Race Car” image above was an opening spread in the August 2022 issue of Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Magazine. A couple of days ago it was announced as a finalist in the Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography.
Wow! It’s always an honor to receive recognition from MPG whose membership is a who’s who of U.S. car journalists. My heartfelt thanks to all!
I had so much fun making the previous one, that I felt compelled to create another triptych. The more you practice your creativity the more access you’ll have to it.
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” -Andy Warhol
First thing that happened for me today was an email from Vicarious Magazine with a new cover photo of mine and an eight page PDF profiling my Ferrari photography (what an honor!). Look for it this summer.
Then came a post on instagram: @porschepanoramamagazine
It featured my photos of a bright green Porsche Cayman S with an equally bold red interior. The images were published in PCA’s Panorama Magazine a couple of months ago. Wow, that was an even wilder experience with over 3,000 likes and 150 comments in just a few hours! It appears this car’s custom over-the-top build and color combo stirred up a bunch of emotions. I’m just content to sit back and watch as events unfold!
Check out my latest video made during my time at Bonneville Speed Week.
The forecast this year calls for racing this summer!
Save the Salt…
HERE’S THE SPEAKER FOR LISTENING TO HEJIRA
The 30th anniversary Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speaker is now available. It’s the classic shell-inspired, four-driver design that still looks out of this world after three decades of production.
This unique pair in Abalone Pearl is a one-off, hand-made to order visual, tactile and aural feast. Built in Worthing, England, each single enclosure takes over a week to build before sanding, painting, and polishing. The waitlist currently stands at over two years. Only $70,000… but you do get two speakers.
Still one of my favorite albums, full of feeling and imagery.
It is a superb record by Joni, a return to her jazz influences with the amazing Jaco Pastorius on bass. It’s a musical high point, a complete portrait of a true artist following her muse unencumbered. A great road album given the right mood. Still a best listen on LP.
(Cover Photo: Norman Seeff)
ERNST HAAS – THE ART OF SEEING
Ernst Haas (1921-1986) was a pioneer. He received both the first color feature in Life Magazine and the first one-person show of color photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His book The Creation, which I purchased in 1976, was the reason I decided to become a photographer. I later joined him for a workshop in Japan for two weeks during the summer of 1984. The 2019 video link below revisits my mentor’s interviews and films that show his way of seeing.
Photo (R to L): Ernst, Takiko and guide, Japan, 1984