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Precious Metal – Porsche 356 Speedster

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Nick Schon’s beautiful Porsche 356 Speedster.

I asked Nick if he’d share some of the car’s history..

“My 356 started life as a restored 1966 chassis I bought in 2009. I had always loved the futuristic, unusual design, so ahead of it’s time. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche just after the war, and when other car builders were building big, water cooled, front engined cars, he did the opposite. I like that.

I took a risk and got a 1962 1600 engine on eBay. I had no idea if it was any good, so I had it completely rebuilt to 1800cc Carrera performance. The body was brand new. The paint alone cost £3000. Since it’s been on the road I’ve changed many things…full flow oil system, short-throw gear linkage, a bigger, custom fuel tank, modified this and tweaked that…the list is endless. I’m not a slave to authenticity but I want to keep things as original as is sensible.

I got it on the road just after my brother died in 2010. A year earlier we had driven to Geneva in his MGC, so the inaugural 356 run was on the same route but with my eldest son sharing the driving. It was glorious, top-down all the way, and every year since then there’s been a nice trip somewhere. Last year it was Stuttgart via the Black Forest. This year it’ll be northern Spain.

You’d never guess that it’s driven hard from these pictures. Julian’s made the car look like it’s just come off the factory floor. I look after it carefully, and it’s no trailer queen…my 356 is driven and enjoyed…by everyone seeing these superb pictures too I hope”

Nick is an ex-Group Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, and is now the illustrator of over 170 children’s books.

It’s often tempting when photographing cars, to get carried away with complex lighting set ups, CGI backgrounds and post production trickery, but this car just begged for a simple and classic approach. You can find larger versions here.

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Porsche 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Behind the scenes..

On set with the 356 - © Julian Calverley 2015

Forest Project

The first work from a new and ongoing project photographing forests, commissioned by my LA based executive producer at Corbis, Peter Schnaitmann.

For those that like to know, the images are made from 3 stitched frames from my trusty ALPA STC & Phase One IQ180 MFDB combo.

Larger versions can be found here.

© Julian Calverley 2015

© Julian Calverley 2015

© Julian Calverley 2015

© Julian Calverley 2015

© Julian Calverley 2015

In The Frame

Very happy to see my #iphoneonly work featured in the Independent Magazine’s ‘In The Frame’ section.

There’s even mention of the current show taking place at the Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge..

24 Hours With The Lifeboat Station Project

I’m just back home, having spent the last 24 hours in Hunstanton, assisting Jack Lowe with his Lifeboat Station Project, and I feel compelled to write about it, an experience that frankly I’ll never forget.

Before I set off on my journey, early on Thursday morning, I did a quick search for the postcode of the Hunstanton RNLI lifeboat station. One thing that popped up unexpectedly in the search was a video, called ‘Hunstanton hovercraft crew rescues three girls from drowning’

I urge you to watch this video (make sure you have the sound turned up) as what initially looks like a calm summer scene, soon changes and reveals the sobering drama that the crews often have to deal with, and as someone who has a daughter of his own, I don’t mind admitting that it had me close to tears. It demonstrates very clearly what an important organisation the RNLI is, and above all how selfless and brave the crew members are.

I mentioned to Jack that I had only just seen the rescue video, and how moved I was by it, to which he smiled and said he’d be making the portrait of one of the crew members from that same rescue, today.

So the picture you see below, is of Jack making the portrait of senior helmsman Michael Darby, who is the man you see in the video, jumping in to the sea to rescue one of the girls.

One thing that quickly became apparent, was how helpful the crew are, and will pretty much do anything possible to make Jack’s job easier, or the shot possible. Here you can see their 10 ton Talus amphibious tractor, which is used to launch and retrieve their class B lifeboat, manoeuvred in to place for the portrait of senior helmsman Michael Darby. Let me tell you, that tractor is awesome, in the true sense of the word. On the left is ‘Neena’ Jack’s now iconic, and mobile, wetplate darkroom.

Below is a picture of Jack making RNLI crew member Leesa Espley’s portrait. We found out later in the day, from one of Leesa’s fellow crew members, that she’s also in the Fire service. From what I’ve seen and heard, this trait of being humble, is common amongst RNLI crew members.

Finally, here’s me looking pretty pleased with myself, having just been handed one of the prints I bought from the project, by the man himself. The print is called ‘Wells Silhouette’ and is one of many beautiful pictures that are available to buy in print form. The detail, mood and qualities of these photographs has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Having spent the day helping Jack, I was struck with how emotional the whole experience is, photographing the crew, listening to their stories, spending time around the lifeboat station and witnessing their kind and modest nature. And lets not forget the wet plate process, surely the purest form of photography, and so captivating to witness.

I would urge anyone with an interest in the project, the RNLI or simply photography, to consider purchasing a print or two (or more) as it’s really these print sales that keep Jack on the road, and able to continue this truly epic and historic journey. There’s no crowdfunding going on here.. this project is fuelled by passion and importantly, belief.

Please, head over to the project’s web site and find out how you can be involved.

Photograph © Jack Lowe 2015

World Book Day

It’s World Book Day on March 5th, so I’ve decided to do something a little special.

Anyone purchasing my #IPHONEONLY book between March 1st and March 7th, will receive a print of my black sand beach image, made in Tjørnuvik, the northernmost village on the Faroese island of Streymoy.

The prints are made on Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm stock, and are numbered, initialed and embossed. Paper size is 202 x 140mm. After March the 7th no more prints of the image will be made at this size.

To order the book, simply click here

Julian Calverley - #IPHONEONLY book and print

Julian Calverley - #IPHONEONLY book and print

Digital Camera Magazine

Nice to be a part of Digital Camera Magazine’s April issue, number 162, and their lead feature on landscape photography. The magazine is out today.

They chose to feature some of my #IPHONEONLY work from the Faroe Islands, as well as other personal work made on larger cameras, from the Isle of Harris, and a foggy playground scene shot closer to home, in Hertfordshire.

Julian Calverley - Digital Camera Magazine

Julian Calverley - Digital Camera Magazine

#IPHONEONLY Exhibition, at the Snug Gallery – March 28th to June 8th 2015

We’re delighted to announce an exhibition of Julian’s #IPHONEONLY landscape work at the Snug Gallery, in Hebden Bridge, for Spring 2015.

It will be the first time these images have been presented as a physical body of work, and as well as a selection of imagery from the book, there will also be other work on display, including a selection of triptychs, all available as limited edition prints.

The #IPHONEONLY book will be available throughout the exhibition and during the launch
weekend, 28th – 29th March. Julian will be on hand at the gallery that weekend too, for a series of ‘Behind the Lens’ informal talks, Q&A sessions and book signing.

Julian Calverley - iphoneonly exhibition - Snug Gallery

Nestled in the picturesque Pennine town of Hebden Bridge, Snug is a leading independent contemporary craft gallery in the North of England. For more information on the show or the gallery, please contact gallery owner and curator Ed Chadwick, using the contact details below..

Snug Gallery
58 Market Street
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 6AA
Tel: 01422 847435
Email: info@snug-gallery.com
Web: http://www.snug-gallery.com

Gallery owner and curator Ed Chadwick, outside the Snug Gallery..

Snug Gallery - Hebden Bridge

Tana French Book Covers

German book publishers Fischer, recently chose a selection of my #iphoneonly images, for use on a number of their Tana French crime novel covers.

You can view larger versions here.

Tana French book covers - © Julian Calverley 2014

Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S

I was recently asked to shoot the beautiful new 2015 model Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S.

With the work currently being rolled out across various media, we’re now able to reveal a taste of what we got up to during our eight days in the studio. Larger versions here.

Client : Aston Martin Lagonda.   Agency : Identity.   ADs : Andrew Spencer & Sarah Cropley.
Production : Tessa Meredith Hardy.

Aston Martin Vanquish - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Vanquish - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Vanquish - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Vanquish - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Rapide S - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Rapide S - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Rapide S - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Rapide S - Julian Calverley © 2014

Aston Martin Rapide S - Julian Calverley © 2014

Faroe Islands Trip

Just back from a wonderful eight days away, shooting on the Faroe Islands.

In the coming months we’ll be able to reveal exactly what we were shooting, and for who.. so, watch this space.

Below is a selection of #iPhoneonly images, giving a flavour of these beautiful islands..

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