I was very lucky to bump into John Wilcox the owner of this beautiful Chevrolet Fleetline at this years Volksfest at Washingpool Farm in Easter Compton just outside of Bristol.
John the owner of The Penguin Speed Shop who are fabricators hot rod builders and engine remap specialist over in north Wales.
I managed to get a few photos during the course of the weekend the outside ones were very early and it had been raining and it also started to rain while i was taking the photos as well and the inside ones just took a lot of patience waiting for people to move out of the way as it was a very popular car!
I went to a local car show today, one that was all Italian cars and bikes, the Bristol italian Automotive Festival a great little show with loads of beautiful old and new italian Cars and motorbikes I have been going for as long as i can remember.
Well this year i got hooked on one particular black Ferrari and yes there were newer ones and older ones but this one just caught my eye and I spent over 40 minutes taking photos of just one side, for me it just worked.
I’m not sure if anyone else would think the same but I had a lot of fun taking them ……
I have taken photos of this building before usually when I’m passing I have a look and see if theres no scaffolding on it, as something always seems to be done with this building.
Today, for the first time, I had someone appear (seemingly from nowhere) and ask, in a very confrontational tone, that most irritating question when you are taking a photo; “What are you doing?”. The temptation to say something sarcastic sometimes gets the better of me! This time, however, I was quite jovial about it and said the obvious, “I’m taking a photo.” after which I waited for the normal reply “WHY!”. But this time it didn’t come, there was only a, “Can you leave? This is private property.” followed by a sternly pointed finger toward to the wet floor sign I had walked passed and completely missed while checking my camera settings, as you do (well I do), while thinking of the shot. I was going to argue but I was in too good a mood and just smiled and walked off.
Perhaps being someone who likes to take photos of almost anything that catches my eye, after all they are meant for me and I see something in the image that appeals to me, it’s a personal thing. I don’t understand why some people, when they see someone taking photos of the unexpected, think there something funny going on or that I’m a bit on the strange side (actually, I’ve got no argument on that one). I think maybe, incorrectly, they live in a very closed and orderly world and I suppose maybe I’m being a little judgmental on someone I know nothing about.
It might be my imagination but I seem to be coming across this kind of situation quite a lot more lately. I was just going to bin the photo, as I’m not totally happy with it, and not mention the incident at all but I guess it serves a purpose this morning.
On a different note though, yesterday I spent part of the day watching one of Bristols best graffiti artists work on a commissioned piece. There was a lot of people going past, some were very complimentary and asked lots of good question and on the whole very positive about what was going on. A few, well lets say they were on the disapproving side.
I feel quite lucky as a lot of people that I know are; creative, imaginative, positive and, more importantly, open minded with a can do attitude. Or at the very least they will have a go regardless of success or failure but give their best!
I don’t know where that lot came from… Sorry for the long rambling post or if it doesn’t makes sense! But, I figure it might be worth somebodies time to read.
Anyway I hope that everyone has a great Monday and the week ahead and for me it’s time for tea and toast with Marmite!
This is the second part of my Darker Side of Bristol post again with mostly urban images taken around Bristol this last month or so I’m slowly getting the hang of what I need to do and where to go to try my ideas.
Daft as it might seem I have always loved these stairs since I first spotted them about 6 years ago while walking around Bristol, they are at the back of a block of flats that don’t look anything special compared to these stairs.
I so like there very clean design and simply shape and I got a chance to take some photos this week of them and I got quite excited by the opportunity … I’m easily pleased !
Paul Green Photography § Bristol based photographer specialising in architectural, abstract, travel, street art & whatever takes my fancy.