California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Last in my current series of Americans Abroad. This time of an old beautifully restored 1950's Red Chevrolet Pick Up (or bakkie as we call them in South Africa). This was taken last summer in St Leonard's down a back street I decided to explore, very happy to have found this. 

Safe House

Safe House

The journey continues with my Americans Abroad project (an off shoot of my Exploring the Automobile series). This car (I believe its an Oldsmobile - will stand corrected) was photographed in St Leonards. The scene made me think of an episode of the Sopranos or similar. I love scenes like this when I come across them, and in fact get quite excited, as I find it so surreal and love the sense of Americana it evokes here in the UK. 

Dont come a knocking when the vans a rocking

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Night time photo of a Chevrolet Van that hangs around Eastbourne. Part of my Americans Abroad Series too (link  to my Flickr Gallery) , my homage to all things motorised and American that I come across in my travels. 

Retro Styling

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Continuing my current motorcycle theme. This time of a retro Japanese motorcycle from the late seventies, early eighties. I think it may be a Kawasaki. This photograph was taken in Eastbourne last summer.

Night Bug

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Taken last Easter in Palma de Mallorca. I was out exploring the old town  for some night photography street scenes, when I cam across this immaculately kept beetle parked up in a small square. As you can tell by closer inspection, this is a rather tasty looking bug, especially when you look at the size of its tyre's. Body work was in perfect condition. In  this composition, I really like how the rounded shapes of the Beetle blend into the square and rectangle shapes of the buildings just out of focus in the back ground. 

GM Days

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Photograph of a circa 1950's British Vauxhall Velox in the foreground, and in the back ground a circa 1950's American Chevrolet Coupe. Both vehicles falling under the general Motors GM Banner these days.This was taken last year in Eastbourne, outside the Grand Hotel. The cars were part of the Magnificent Motors show held annually in May, on the Western Lawns. There is a certain  timeless essence to this photo, betrayed only by the modern parking restriction sign attached to the lamppost. 

How about a cup of shut the ....

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Photographs of Stuart Williams immaculately restored Reliant Scimitar and also a portrait of Stuart himself. Stuart and Keith Parrington from XJ Restorations spent a considerable amount of time and energy restoring this car to its current state, and I think the results speak for themselves.  This car looks stunning and sounds like a beast, perfect waking up the neighbors on a Sunday morning and the surrounding countryside for that matter!. 

The Swedes are here

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Photograph of a lovely Daimler Coupe, again taken at the XJ Restoration workshop. The bright Yellow of the car and the blue of the sea containers made for an interesting contrast in shape and form, with obvious overtures to Ikea. Please note I have a page dedicated on my website to Keith and his restoration business here.

Pretty in Black

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This photo was taken about 2 years ago at Keith Parrington  XJ Restorations workshop here in Eastbourne.  I think I fell a little in love with this tidy looking XJ that Keith and his team had just finished restoring. No glitz, no glamour here, just refined elegant retro style. Please note I have a page dedicated on my website to Keith and his restoration business here.

Today, tomorrow, just another day

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Taken near to us in Eastbourne, was a moody day in mid January, and I was out cruising with my camera, following my nose, looking for suitable opportunities when this scene presented itself. The area were this was taken is called Pevensey, and is a place I will be exploring more I think. After I posted this photo, a flickr friend Grant Simon Rogers followed up my title with the following words from the bard himself William Shakespeare; "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death." haunting and apt, and an honour to have associated with my humble photograph. 

Essentially European

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Taken in Sóller on the Island of Mallorca. On a day trip to the town (I have posted previously from this excursion) it was particularly pleasing to be greeted by a convoy of vintage French Citroen's that were pulling through town, which formed part of an organised rally that then proceeded to stop off in the town square in front of the church. It all felt very quaint and very European to me at that moment, and as if we had stepped back in the past to a simpler time and place. 

Puff the Magic Dragon

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This photograph was taken Palma de Mallorca last year. I had noticed this van parked in various locations around the apartment we were staying in, and was eager to photograph it, however the backdrop was never quite right or there were other cars parked to close as parking is a premium in the old town ( as I am sure you can imagine). So imagine my surprise and delight when I came across it towards the end of the holiday parked down a backstreet, up against this lovely old building, with gorgeous diffused late afternoon light bouncing off the sandstone walls. Cherry on top is the Mercedes reflected in the paintwork, don't know why, but I like this, maybe something about the fine heritage and tradition of these two iconic German car manufacturers. 

Cherry Picker

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This photo is another addition to my Work Horse series of photographs, more details on my website. This example is an ex BT cherry picker Bedford van, taken on the farm belonging to friends parents, the ironic thing here is they are apple and cherry farmers in Kent. 


Willing Worker

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Following on from my post the other day entitled "One day I wish to have this kind of time", this scene was a little further along, and in fact you can see the red truck in the back ground in that photo. One thing you can certainly say about Switzerland, and that is that the sense of orderliness and everything having its place extends across all aspects of Swiss society from Urban to Rural. 

One day I wish to have this kind of time (Sic OTT)

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This was taken in the mountains above Rapperwil in the Canton of Zurich. We were visiting my sister-inlaw ex husband, and he took us on a walk. I was fascinated by the assortment of odds and ends by the side of the road,  and in particular by the old short wheel base Land Rover which appeared to have been turned into a cart of sorts.  The title for this photograph is taken from a track by the same from musician OTT on his "Mir" album (well worth a listen in my opinion).

Always in Vogue

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A rare square format photo in my photostream (thank you Instagram for showing me the way here. I am ever so in love with this style of Mercedes, and maybe it has something to do with childhood, and these being the epitome of success and affluence, not that affluence is necessarily something that drives me. However, there is something about Mercedes Benz from the 1970’s and 1980’s that really still appeals, and in my opinion these are still good looking cars, and love when opportunity presents them to my lens.