Almost a month to the day since my last ramblings. Simply and inexcusably my reason was four weeks of back to back work without a break. Commercial photography frequently paraphrases the old bus joke about “nothing for ages and then they all come along at once”. And so it was in June, shooting a whole children’s clothing catalogue, a jewellery brochure, three high school graduations, skin care products and more than a few business delegate groups. Post-production work on this swallowed up even more time, so the blogging was sidelined.
And so to the present. Last Friday had me rising implausably early to head off for the first day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For anyone (is there anyone ?) who doesn’t know what this is, it is a three day mechanical orgy for petrolheads of all genres. From Hot Rods to Formula 1, rally cars to bikes and back via exotic supercars and vintage classics, there is, quite literally, something for everyone.
Onwards to the Cartier “Style and Luxe” arena and this cute 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla Marinella “Beach Bambini” – apparently the essential Summer accessory 1955-1975 !
Next stop was the motorcycle pits, where I spot a small but excited crowd gathered around none other than the legendary Giacomo Agostini ! With no other pros in sight I dive in and get a few nice shots of him signing autographs and some nice close-ups of the great man on his own. Good news value, so a sprint back to the press pit for another upload…
A quick lunch and some more coffee and then it’s back out into the sunshine. Getting very,very crowded by now and increasingly difficult to move about quickly. Long walk to the start area for some shots of the touring cars preparing for their runs up the hill,
before heading back into the hoards of onlookers and the joyous sights that any large crowd presents !
15:00 and I’m starting to flag. Last run back to the pavilion and a final upload for the afternoon wires. Pack the laptop away and make one last foray into the pits.