I just got a reminder from WordPress that it was exactly 3 years ago today that I made my first post on Bandwagen. And it’s also a double celebration as today the followers counter ticked over the 6,000 mark. So a big thank you to everyone out there who is following my blog. If you look back at my earlier posts, I think that my photography has improved a bit over the 3 years – And the photos have gotten bigger too! Here are some of the photos from that first post, way back in 2011 from the REME show…
Photo of the week #84 – I’ve seen this late-model VW Type 3 Notchback around the Brackley area a few times in the past but have never had the opportunity to take a photo of it before. So when it was parked up near my home in Syresham, I managed to grab a few pictures on my iPhone. I seem to be taking more VW pictures on my phone then with my DSLR in recent months!
Photo of the week #83 – I spotted this 1970 daily driver in Banbury, while I was visiting an Auction House on Saturday morning so took a quick photo on my iPhone. I used to drive an aircooled VW all year round in my younger days but, it became quite a challenge driving 40 miles to work in terrible weather. The VWs ended up being tucked away for the winter in favour of a good heating system , decent road holding and bright lights! I wonder how many people brave the winter in a beetle?
First, a big thank you to everyone who is following this blog, you now total more than 3000! A steady increase since I started in September 2011 which is not long in the great scheme of things.
I guess I must be doing something right but I get very little feedback. It’s usually from the same people who generally ‘like’ my photos on a fairly regular basis. It amounts to just 1% of those following Bandwagen so, I was just wandering what the other 3,060 of you would ‘like’!
More words? More show reports? Some specific features on vehicles or perhaps I should start to write some photography ‘how-to’ type posts? I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a regular aircooled VW photography competition if enough people were interested in taking some pictures and entering?
So, it’s over to all of you: How would you like to see Bandwagen develop? 🙂
Some great photos from Volks ’n’ Roll on ‘a day at the races’…
Maybe this time i’ve gone too far: 158 photos in 1 post is just too much i think but it was almost impossible to separate them. I’ve tried (like i always do when it’s time to organize all the stuff i collect around) to find topics, stories, styles or whatever could let me divide the folder into different articles.
Forse questa volta ho esagerato: 158 foto in un articolo è davvero troppo credo ma è stato impossibile separarle. Ho provato (come faccio sempre quando è il momento di organizzare tutta la roba che raccolgo in giro) a cercare argomenti, filoni, storie o qualsiasi cosa mi permettesse di dividere la cartella in sottogruppi differenti.
But after all i understood that it was not the right way to approach a coverage of an event like the Volks’n’Roll. It would be a mistake to try to close off something among the rest because…
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Clare Tarbox is a Milton Keynes based photographer with a particular interest in Volkswagens – She owns several! A regular contributor to Ultra-VW magazine, her coverage of VW shows and drag racing action includes some fantastic pictures which really capture the spirit of the Volkswagen scene. I’ve picked just a few of her brilliant VW drag-racing shots to showcase her work here.
You can view lots more of her photographs on her website: http://claretarbox.com
Matthew Dickerson, is a photographer based in Bradford who is currently Studying for a BA (Hons) in Photography, hoping to find something new each time he picks up a camera. You can follow Matthews progress with the course on his blog and there are some great examples of his work on his Flickr account.
“For this piece of work I had decided to take a drive up to Oxenhope, as it is a more open, scenic countryside area near to where I live which would be a perfect background for the type of shot I was wanting to go for. The ideas were to take my ’70 VW Beetle up to the hills and photograph it in the surrounding setting. The reason I chose to shoot it in this setting was so that the surroundings would not distract the viewer too much away from the subject, plus other than the registration on the car, it would be a timeless shot.”