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.
Folow the project at https://www.instagram.com/benreynoldsphotographer/
Suzuki on South St, Fremantle
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.
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.
"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."
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.
On the road, including Cottesloe, Albany, and Busselton
A Portrait of Cars meets Leanne and her 1971 Holden Torana
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.
With summer approaching, beach life at Cottesloe Beach picks up, as does the abundance of some very cool cars. Here are a few from my last roll of film.