AXUK or ArenaCross UK finished up it’s Grand Finale at the Wembley Arena back in February. And I was there to witness it in it’s full glory! Now rather than just regurgitate the same images you have seen before, here is a selection of images that didn’t make the report. If you want to check out my report on FUELTOPIA, it can be found here. If not then just enjoy the images.
Let’s talk about discovery for a second. I don’t mean the documentary channel on sky, I mean actually discovery something. My latest discovery is Sideburn Magazine. A magazine that brings you some of the coolest dirt track related news and features from around the world. Their world, a world I previously hadn’t been privy too. They were having a launch party for the upcoming season of Dirt Track Racing. Something which I now have to attend.
Anyway, back to this discovery. It is no secret that I am petrolhead, I love cars specifically and always have. I grew up on RallyCross, Touring Cars and Formula 1, my family had a love affair with fast Fords and I could identify any car down the street on what exhaust pipe it had alone. Motorbikes weren’t really within my remit. You normally fall into the car OR the bike category, rarely both.
What I am try to get across to you is that I had my eyes opened (widely) to a whole other type of racing that I never knew existed. Sure I’d heard of speedway racing but this is different. This seems, and I am sure I will get told off for this, a lot cooler. The bikes are more akin to cafe racers which in my eyes are works of art. This was all new to me. New faces, new machines, new circuits, new rules, new style. I am literally on my first step down this path and I cannot wait to show you more. For now, enjoy some photos from the launch party.
Full write up on FUELTOPIA
Now if you cast your mind back, you may remember that I have previously encountered Time Attack whilst I was at TRAX. Well from that point onwards I wanted to see a little bit more about it. You see I didn’t know much about the sport itself, in fact I had barely heard of it. All I know is it involved bat shit crazy cars. And I then found out I could see them again at Brands Hatch in November. Only this time, it would be in the run during the night. Cool huh!? I have shot cars many times before but never at night! A new challenge presents itself!
I was doubly excited about attending this event. Brands Hatch used to be one of the tracks that I attended when I was a child with my Dad, so there was the nostalgic side to it as well as the excitement of shooting a night race.
The cars had been running throughout the day to finish off the Time Attack Championship but once that was wrapped up and the sun started setting it was time to go see the beasts stirring in the pits. This was great, these were proper race cars. Not your average drift car here, some of the engine bays were lined with gold!
Some how, during the night, the cars sounded even louder! I am not sure if this was due to the cooler air allowing the engines to breather more efficiently or whether having your eyesight hindered made your ears more sensitive.
Standing on the inside of druids was pretty awesome too! The cars were hard on the brakes on entry and groping for the apex, hard on the power out! It was pitch black and hard to focus on, well anything at all to be honest. A lot of other photographers were struggling too resorting to using their flashes (silly them)…
…although a bit of flash panning was good fun. Notice how the background is blurry and the car is static? That is due to the flash lasting for just 1/3200th of a second which will illuminate and therefore freeze the car whilst the slow shutter speed is sucking all the ambient light where the flash can’t reach. Strange isn’t it.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed something new from. There is a much longer blog post up on Fueltopia who is the media team I shoot for.
A while back myself and Amy went down Westfield at Stratford to take part in the Music Cube. We were given minimal information, just a time slot and a date. All we know about the event was that it was a slight twist on the silent disco concept.
The idea behind it was that there would be an artist, in a sound proof cube, and we would be standing out it listening through a set of rather tasty Sennheiser URBANITE headphones. The dance floor that we were standing on would also pulse and vibrate to the music. I was expecting full on earth quake scale vibrations but the slick thing was, they were subtle enough for you not to realise. The idea was to get you to dance by feeling the music.
Now as you might have gathered the artist was the talented and super cute Chloe Howl. I have to hand it to her, she sounded awesome, super clean sound and a tight band.
So what was the experience like? Did the concept work? Well it isn’t quite the same as being at an actual gig BUT… the vibrating dance floor got moving, the sound was incredible. It was more like standing in the studio with the artist, the sound was so clean that it didn’t matter where you stood on the dance floor. Personally I loved shooting through the glass with all the reflections. I thought it made for some interesting shots. I also think shooting a singer is pretty cool, lots of emotion and expression going on. What did you think?
Trax is not an event I have ever been to before. Silverstone is not a track I have ever shot at. Time Attack was something I had scarcely heard of. All of things changed when I visited TRAX in early September. The full write up is on Fueltopia if you fancy it. If not then here are some of my favourites.