Head On Photo Awards Landscape Finalist

Australias Top Emerging Photographers 2017 - Top 10

Today I received an email from chief editor at Capture Magazine’s Marc Gafen congratulating me on being selected as one of Australias top 10 emerging photographers for my 'Portrait of Cars' documentary/photojournalism project. The 2017, Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers received more than 800 portfolios and 4,800 images for this years Capture Magazines annual competition.

You can follow the project at www.instagram.com/benreynoldsphotographer, and www.coolcarphotography.com.

A Portrait of Cars - Annie & Jake

Jake and Annie and their cool cars Vera & Valley, 1992 and 1982 Volvos at the Kirkwood Corner Store after a morning surf down at Cottesloe.

Jake and Annie and their cool cars Vera & Valley, 1992 and 1982 Volvos at the Kirkwood Corner Store after a morning surf down at Cottesloe.

Kents XW Falcon - Cottesloe Beach

This is Kents modified 1970 XW Falcon. Stroked Cleveland engine, 450hp. Kent had owned the car for about 15 years and did quite a bit of work when he first bought it.

This is Kents modified 1970 XW Falcon. Stroked Cleveland engine, 450hp.
Kent had owned the car for about 15 years and did quite a bit of work when he first bought it.

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

I was recently informed that this photograph, titled Danger, has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious, $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize to be announced next month. 

I was recently informed that this photograph, titled Danger, has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the prestigious, $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize to be announced next month. 

A Portrait of Cars - Jack & Skye

1973 Volkswagen type 3 squareback.

1973 Volkswagen type 3 squareback.

Couple, Jack & Skye, are 22 year old Fremantle Creatives with a passion (and talent) for the arts, music, acting.....and of course 'cool cars'. They live in a cute little character home in Fremantle and can be seen regularly around the area in Jacks 1973 Volkswagen type 3 squareback. 

 

A Portrait of Cars - Valerie

Valerie - The Local Hotel in South Fremantle

Valerie - The Local Hotel in South Fremantle

Valerie is a 1965 ap5 push button auto with a California side pack trim (cool orange detailing down the side). Freo local Dani, purchased her from a friend who's name is Valerie and has owned her for about 4 years.

A PORTRAIT OF CARS .... and their owners

This is a 1958/59 Triumph TR3A that Mike has owned for about 12 years, during which he has restored it from poor condition to a reliable classic. It is  an ongoing labour of love.

This is a 1958/59 Triumph TR3A that Mike has owned for about 12 years, during which he has restored it from poor condition to a reliable classic. It is  an ongoing labour of love.

"The TR3A  is quite a fast car and easily keeps up with modern traffic, however, driving near some of the big trucks on the road can be daunting. Diane and I love to drive in the country around the hills where we live and the experience of the open top and old basic driving techniques is great."

 

A Portrait of Cars .... and their owners

Every brand of film has its own characteristics. At the moment I am using 120 Fuji Pro 400H film for my Portrait of Cars project. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to organise your own car/portrait photoshoot.

Every brand of film has its own characteristics. At the moment I am using 120 Fuji Pro 400H film for my Portrait of Cars project. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to organise your own car/portrait photoshoot.

New Avant Card

Keep an eye out for my artist card which has been selected to appear on 10,000 Avant Cards around Australia. It was also selected on Artist Header Boards will be placed in 50 venues all over Australia and will be viewed by many hundreds of people a week! Great promotion for my exhibition later on in the year.

January Cars

On the road, including Cottesloe, Albany, and Busselton

The Ape 501 - Short Film

The beautiful and a little eccentric APE 501. Formally known as a Piaggio P501, it has 3 wheels and a very distinctive coke bottle front.

Last week I had a drive in this fun car with owner Kim Gamble from Rottnest Island. Kim is also the manager of the Bakery on Rottnest Island and at the end of the day we took a little drive around the 3-4 streets in the old settlement and met some of the locals. On our drive was a bit different than the normal, not just because I was in a very cool car, but also because we had the privilege of being the only vehicle on the road, other than a few pushbikes. Very few vehicle licenses are provided on the island and tight restrictions are placed on speed and times of day you can drive. Kim was provided a temporary events licence.

Driving in the APE seemed was a little more quirky than the normal car. There is no steering wheel and only 1 pedal on the floor for the breaks. The clutch etc is controlled on handlebars similar to that of a scooter or motorbike. The clutch itself had some major issues when I was there and our trip was a little jumpy to say the least. But it was a lot of fun weaving through the quaint thin island streets, maybe slightly reminiscent to the Italian village streets from where the APE originated. I met some of the island locals, while Kim handed out tasty baguettes.

The story behind Kim importing the APE to Australia is interesting in itself and involved bribes to corrupt government officials in Rome, a mountain of paper work and 3 years of Kims life.

I hope you enjoy my little story on the Bee Car.