My favourite images of 2018: part two


Here are the next five images in the round-up of my personal favourite images of 2018.

#25: The one with the dancing girl

This photo makes me smile every time I look at it.

It was taken at the first Sunday Scramble of the year, back in January – a gorgeous day, with bright sunshine and a beautiful blue sky, totally betraying the fact that it was absolutely bloody freezing. With the wind chill factor, it was down to -2 degrees or something daft. By the end of the day’s shooting, my hands were frozen into claws.

This poor girl was manning one of the workshops and was desperately trying to keep warm next to the fan heater. So although it may look like she’s dancing, she is, in fact, defrosting her frostbitten toes.

I also really like the strange composition of this shot, with the Beetle occupying the top half of the frame, and the girl at the bottom. It almost looks like a diptych.

#24: The one with the Mitchell brothers in

Sometimes I get so focused on the minutiae and detail of whatever it is that I’m shooting, that I forget to step back and take in the wider picture.

In this instance, the wider shot reveals the Barn Find signage, giving context and backstory to what would otherwise be a photo of some blokes looking at a rusty Cortina.

#23: The one with the smoking Midget

Or is it a Sprite? I’m not sure. Either way, I bloody love this car. I mean, what’s not to like about a tyre-smoking, flame-spewing, rusty little hot rod the size of a shoe?

The shot was taken at Retro Rides Gathering, an event I particularly enjoy because it allows me to get my annual quota of burnout shots all in one day. Because everyone loves a burnout shot.

If you’d like to see more of this car, there are quite a few more images of it on my website.

#22: The one with the flying truck

I don’t take that many action shots. I have neither the kit nor the talent to do them as well as the professionals. You know the guys I mean, all battle-hardened expressions and what looks like a downed satellite slung over their shoulder.

But occasionally I’ll fire off a few frames – more in hope than expectation. This is one of those shots. Admittedly, it would be nice if the truck was bigger in the frame, but I quite like that it has a Tonka toy/radio controlled car feel to it.

And in the interests of balance, I really should include a few motion shots in my top 30.

#21: The one that looks like All Creatures Great And Small

And now for something much more sedate.

This is an out-take from a shoot that I did for The Automobile magazine of a lovely little pre-war Vauxhall, part of the company’s heritage fleet.

The car lives at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where I met up with the author of the article, and we spent the morning location hunting while he told me the gist of his piece; although the car is outwardly very conservative, underneath it was really quite advanced for the time.

On our travels, we found this lovely little row of cottages that I thought would provide the perfect setting for the car. With the conservative styling in mind, I thought that it wouldn’t be stretching the imagination too far to imagine this as a vicar’s runabout. Which is why it’s pictured outside Church Cottage.

Actually, the more I look at this shot, the more I like it. Maybe it should have been higher up the pecking order. Hmmmm.

You can see more from this shoot on my website, and you can read the full article in the September 2018 issue of The Automobile.

Continue to part three of the countdown.