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Spa Classic 2017

As I arrive at the 7th edition of the Spa-Classic event I am greeted by low menacing clouds, heavy rain and a dramatic backdrop for a weekend of historic racing.

With 14 races, 8 grids and more than 300 cars competing on what is most driver’s favourite circuit this historic racing event is the place to be during the weekend.

Time to head out onto the track. As I work hard to keep my equipment dry the race-car tyres out on track are working equally hard to disperse water from beneath them and by doing so create dramatic scenes of cars delicately dancing under a blanket of heavy spray. Perfect for moody shots.

Wet, and worn out I return back to the paddock from a day out on the hilly circuit (I covered 17km by foot) but am satisfied with the dramatic photos I was able to take. Day two and three are dry and sunny which I am grateful for.

The public and drivers share their passion for cars in an open and friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of touring cars on display reminding us of the heyday of the Spa 24 hours when the race was still reserved for large scale production cars.

Participating categories include Sixties Endurance, Classic Endurance Racing, Heritage Touring Cup, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and Group C. Single seaters also made a comeback with the Euro F2 Classic races as the first single seater series at the event followed by 50+ Formula Vee’s.

A special treat was the night race for touring cars on Saturday, throwing the spectators back into endurance races of a bygone era.

As the weekend draws to a close, I leave with sore legs but more importantly with the smell, sound and sight of classic racing engraved into my mind for a long time to come!

 

Blackbird Automotive Journal: Mulsanne Memories

The first thing that jumps out at me when I pick-up my copy of the Blackbird Automotive Journal Volume 11 is the intense red colour of the cropped Porsche 917 that adorns its cover. What makes it even more striking is that it is a photo that I took for Blackbird myself at the Le Mans Classic event in 2016. My first cover shot!

Blackbird Automotive Journal is a quarterly publication that combines great stories with stunning photography. Although we live in a world of digital media there is something wonderful about print and holding a copy of this quality magazine in one’s hands is very satisfying, a must for all car enthusiasts.

The article ‘Mulsanne Memories’ tell the story of the 2016 Le Mans Classic event and accompanying the text are a selection of my photos. Although the event feels far away now, reading this article brings back fond memories of an unforgettable weekend behind the camera.

Be sure to get your copy of this stunning magazine and read ‘Mulsanne Memories’ as well as the other superb stories that unfold within this must have publication.

www.blackbird-autojournal.com

ARTWORK PHOTOSHOOT

I am not one to sit still and with a few days of holiday left I decided to dive into a photo studio. Generally, I feel comfortable photographing outdoors and in natural light when I am at a race track panning and using fast shutter speeds or focusing on details that I come across spontaneously. Studio work however is very different to this. Always looking to learn I decided to set up indoors and surround myself with a tripod and some artificial lighting to bring my artwork into focus.

It is hard to find an intact industrial area with character and history in Munich as most of those buildings get demolished and replaced by modern apartment complexes. One of my neighbors is a successful photographer and has her studio in one of the few remaining old industrial buildings around town. It oozes character and leaves a lasting impression.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the studio was the magnificent outdoor lighting so I decided to make the most of this and shot several scenes outside (now that is a great way to make the most of studio time!). One of my favorites I shot down an alley filled with graffiti. By chance the graffiti fitted to the colours of some of my artwork and I took advantage of this.

Once indoors I was kindly helped along my way and given the space to experiment. Once the lighting was set up and everything brought into focus I found my rhythm and could enjoy the moment. The studio’s vast room allowed me to setup in different areas and create different scenes without having to head out into the extreme winter weather outside. Studio work is an art for itself and having discovered it I look forward to exploring more in the future.

For me it was an extremely intense experience and one to repeat again as soon as possible. Seeing my work displayed in different surroundings through the lens of my own camera was a great moment and has inspired me to go home and create more artwork.

Interested in buying an artwork print or having a unique piece custom made? Do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for letting me use your studio Sarah. www.sarahfuerbringer.de

ARROWS

This is a project that I have been working on for a while now. It came about somewhat by accident when at one point I realized that I had a vast number of photos featuring arrows on race cars. I have always been fascinated by the things that you discover at a second glance, details that racing cars are full of but go unnoticed under their bright liveries.

Arrows. These perform an important task when racing. Some decals are there for safety reasons, while others are simply there to help crew members and marshals.

Endurance racing of 6, 12 or 24 hours requires a lot of teamwork and speed is not only important on track but also in the pit-lane by the crew members, day and night. To avoid losing time trying to open a door during a driver change, while removing a body-panel to repair something or to make an aerodynamic adjustment, these little arrows are there to help during the heat of the moment.

If something does go wrong on-track such as a breakdown or a crash, the track marshals use the information from these arrows and safety decals to break the circuit of the car, help a driver out or tow it to a safe location without having to search for tow hook, door opener, fire extinguisher or master switch on each car.

I often choose to focus on these graphic details when shooting in the pit-lane as I find them very aesthetic in their functional way.

A small selection of ‘Arrow’ prints are available in various sizes in my online shop. If you cannot find what you are looking for feel free to contact me with your wishes and we can find a solution for you. For Stock photography of the ‘Arrow’ collection please visit my 500px page.

WAFT 4

Post has arrived and the packaging proudly boasts a ‘WAFT’ logo. Yes, Lies and Bart have been at it again and the magnificent WAFT 4 has finally arrived from Belgium.

Waft 4 is available as ‘standard’ or a ‘Friends of the House’ version limited to 250 copies. I opted for the limited edition one, which celebrates cars and music and comes in a box made from a unique LP cover featuring a cool car. Each limited edition is different and a one-off in a way. Mine is number 53, Christopher Cross. Opening the box reveals a wonderful book as well as ‘The Rainbow Porsche’ on Dibond signed by Rainer Buchmann.

The book is filled with many exciting and unique stories that celebrate car culture like no other book does. Time to put on the LP, which is included, and start reading.

www.waft.be