Our AUTO PHOTO Awards are all about connecting communities and sharing great photography, so we’re really pleased to be able to share this awesome feature created by 2022 Awards winner, David Wilson, for our supporting partners magazine, Chicane.
David, working under the name of Last Days of the Automobile (with photographer John Mac) was the winner of our Cars as Art category in the AUTO PHOTO Awards 2022, with the image ‘Pink Legs’. The Winning and Highly Commended images can all be seen right here and were showcased in a 6-page feature in issue 128 of Chicane.
“I wanted Last Days of the Automobile to be part collaboration with some of the great people I had worked with over the years” explains Wilson, “and for ‘Pink Legs’ I asked photographer John Mac to shoot it. We have been friends since we met at the beginning of our respective careers. I love the simplicity and colours of this piece and was de lighted it was chosen as a Winner in the recent Shutter Hub’s AUTO PHOTO Awards and subsequently featured in Issue 128 of Chicane alongside other award winners. I had recently joined Shutter Hub as I was doing more of my own photography and loved their ethos of helping and providing opportunities for creative photographers.
My new piece, ‘Norfolk Cowboy’ came about because, as a long-time Lotus fan, I wanted to create something Lotus themed. I owned one of my dream cars, a Lotus Esprit Turbo, for a while and had planned to do something with this. But after lockdown, I decided to sell it (and have had buyer’s remorse ever since!).
I love the 70s as an era – the glam disco, Studio 54, cool fashion 70s, and have had this rust coloured 70s suit hanging in my wardrobe for a while that used to be my dad’s. So I thought this would be great paired up with either a Lotus Elite or Eclat.
Lotus Drivers Club helped me reach out to owners and James Stripe got in touch with his sage green Elite. This car used to belong to his dad, Mike Stripe, who had been a long-standing member and Chairman of the Club; so for both of us, this was going to be a very special shot – James’ dad’s car and my dad’s suit!”
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