This summer I was contacted by the FIA’s magazine about shooting a feature on a land speed record attempt out at the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah. For those of you snow people that don’t know what the FIA is, it’s basically FIS but for auto racing. I’m a car geek. I’ve been one for a while, but I have yet to pursue any real opportunities photographing auto racing as I wanted to keep that fun part of life, just that. Fun and not work. This opportunity seemed quite mellow and maybe a good slide into that side a bit so I gave it a go.
I was pumped to get out on the salt again, when I went out last year for Speed Week, it was a really cool experience but this time around I was shooting a feature, giving me a bit of direction this time around. Another thing that was pretty fun was to be out there at sunset and sunrise, with access to these crazy machines. I had never seen cars like this in person, and had no idea what 457mph looked like. It was a trip for sure to see cars going that fast and trying to keep up with my eyes, let alone my camera!
After sending in the photos I got a response telling me that the planned 4 page feature was being bumped to a 6 pager since they liked the photos, and I was stoked to hear that! I then got the next email with the link to the magazine online and found that it had been now bumped to 12 pages. I even managed to get a photo of my own truck in the story on accident. I left a photo I took of my truck at sunset on the salt in the edit. Turns out they wanted it and my little truck is now in an internati0nal publication. Pretty cool huh?
Check out the story here at the FIA’s website.