17
Oct
14

Aston Martin ‘Legends’ Book reaches final stages

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The week saw the ‘Legends’ book project start its final proofing and binding design stages, the project has been a mammoth piece of work over 2 years between Aston and Automotive Car Photographer Tim Wallace.
The book is a celebration of Aston Martin through their 100 years and is a major publication of over 680 pages of stunning photography from Tim Wallace capturing each of their significant models over their first 100 years of building cars, from the very first Bamford Martin car all the way through to the infamous DB5 and onwards to the latest DBS and One77 models of recent years. Printing will commence in 2015 and their are discussions underway to also bring out a limited boxed edition that will be signed by photographer Tim Wallace and legendary racing driver Stirling Moss.

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Aston Martin over the years have created and crafted some of the Worlds most recognisable and iconic cars and in 2013 the company celebrated 100 years in the industry. As part of this celebration commercial car photographer Tim Wallace was commissioned by our UK client Aston to produce a major book looking through the 100 years to celebrate all the models in the Aston range from the very first model that David Brown created to the latest super cars from the Aston stable such as the DBS and new Vanquish. This month saw AmbientLife photographer Tim Wallace working alongside the designers to review and make final amendments to the page layouts as the book nears the final stages before going to be published. Over all the final book will feature over 680 full colour pages of high quality photography that captures and drives forward the spirt of Aston Martin through the last 100 years.

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Tim – “Being asked to create all the photography for the Aston 100 year book is indeed a great honour and its a project that we have been working on for just over a year now. The book will primarily be a ‘coffee table’ style book of great photography looking at each of the models through the history of Aston Martin design and endeavour to create cars that instil both passion and soul. Its a massive project and currently we are very close to completing the project now.
Some of the cars that I have captured for this book such as the Zagato’s VEV1 and VEV2 that are very rare and today are in the same condition as the day that they drove out of the factory gates.
For me personally it’s a joy to shoot these cars and we have been working with Aston in the UK and Europe for just over 7 years now so I am very familiar with both the company and the vehicles themselves which is a major benefit to the project for me personally. We are having the final design meetings for the project and we anticipate that the book will launch this year globally, I can’t wait to see all that hard work come together in what I hope will be a book that young and old will enjoy a like.”

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The book covers all the major models produced by Aston Martin through the years from the very first early cars, through to the infamous DB5 that will possibly always be inextricably linked to James Bond and the 007 books of Ian Fleming.
It also covers the most recent years of design and development at Aston Martin with the One77, Astons first £1 million pound car, the DBS, V12 Vantage, and the new model all carbon fibre Vanquish.
Designed and produced to be a general book for the market this publication reflects the history of design and how the cars have evolved over the years but is not a technical based book as many before it have had their base, bit more a book of simply beautiful photography to celebrate a iconic and world famous British brand that is as strong today as it ever was.

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06
Oct
14

Jaguar Heritage 2015 Campaign Parts Photography

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This week saw commercial car photographer Tim Wallace shooting the second part of a two part project for a 2015 Heritage Campaign for Jaguar UK
Shot at the spiritual home of Jaguar at their factory at Browns Lane near to Coventry in England the shoot was based on a brief to produce a series of high quality ‘parts’ based images that will be used in online and print media advertising over the coming 12 months within Jaguar as well as being used to form some of the displays at the World Famous Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month.

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Tim – “Many people I speak to think that working as a photographer within the car industry simply means turning up at amazing locations with sports cars and shooting dramatic work, true this is very much a perception that I can not deny is fact based at times when we have ‘hero shoots’ of some models, however on the other side of the coin a lot of time is also spent working on other items that are just as important within the car industry such as parts and service.
The main idea behind this recent shoot with Jaguar was to create some additional parts based work to run on from pervious parts work that I had shot historically for Jaguar and the images will be used both in direct advertising as well as online media. Parts to some people may be a little boring but to me its a great opportunity to push whats achievable by simply using good create flair and great lighting techniques that I have built up over the years working in the car industry.”

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29
Sep
14

Jaguar Heritage 2015 Campaign Photography

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This week saw commercial car photographer Tim Wallace start shooting the 2015 Heritage Campaign for Jaguar UK
The first part of the shoot took place at the spiritual home of Jaguar at their factory at Browns Lane near to Coventry in England and featured four classic Jaguar models that will be used to create four separate advertisements promoting the Heritage side of the Jaguar business. These will be featured in magazines across Europe in 2015 as well as making up part of the Jaguar displays at the World Famous Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham in November later this year.

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Tim “I’ve worked with Jaguar several times over recent years and it was great to be asked to play a part in this latest campaign to promote the Heritage area of Jaguar. The four models that we featured for the main four ‘hero’ shoots were specifically chosen for their position and importance within the ‘classic’ range of Jaguar models through the years and that in itself was no easy task as their are so many amazing models that Jaguar have produced over the years so choosing just four was a challenge in itself. The shoot itself took place at the spiritual home of Jaguar, the factory that still stands at Browns Lane near Coventry. The campaign work itself will stretch over several different shoots that are currently ongoing with Jaguar and myself and we will be working closely with Jaguar over the next two months to create a folio of work that will be used across varying platforms for 2015 and also at Car Industry Shows such as the UK Motor Show at the NEC in November this year.”

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29
Sep
14

PhotoFocus Interview in Las Vegas with Tim Wallace

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Robert Vanelli then catches up with professional photographer Tim Wallace and his work with automotive and boating photography whist Tim was on stage on Las Vegas at Photoshop World 2014 with KelbyOne.
Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US.

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Listen to Robert Vanelli’s interview as he talks to Photographer Tim Wallace
Photofocus Interview with Tim Wallace available here

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Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high end brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar and Morgan in the UK to Kenwood and Audi in the US.

His work has been published globally and was recently named by as one of the UK’s most creative photographers. Tim’s view is a little more straight forward, a man who’s known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, “Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination…”

He is the humble recipient of many awards including International Advertising Photographer of the Year 2010, UK Motor Industry Photographer of the Year 2010, Hasselblad Photographer of the month Oct 2010, Professional Photographer of the Year 2009 as well as receiving Distinction Awards for his work from such professional boards as the RPS

Vanelli and Tim talk about:

What kind of photographer is Tim Wallace?
What inspires Tim to shoot cars
What he did before photography
How he got into photography
Don’t wait for the door to open
Why less is more
Tim’s 18-month project
Photography business is 90% business
What shapes Tim as a photographer
Tim’s charity work

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19
Sep
14

Aston Martin 3rd Series Mk2 Short Chassis from 1935

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Recently commercial automotive car photographer Tim Wallace was commissioned by Aston to shoot 4 beautiful classic Aston Martin models for a Heritage project
The first of these was the Aston Martin 3rd Series Mk2 Short Chassis from 1935. A truly beautiful example of the type of cars that Aston were producing over 70 years ago.

Introduced at the 1934 Olympia Auto Show, Aston Martin offered a new line, the Mark II, in both short and long forms. In its September 7, 1934 preview of the new series, ‘The Autocar’ magazine reported ‘the whole essence of the spirit behind the car is that it developed along lines of steady evolution. Modifications are made as found desirable by experience, and, in particular, as found worthwhile through experience gained in long-distance racing.’

The ‘evolution’ was very significant with body, chassis, and engine changes. The 1.5 liter 4-cylinder single overhead cam engine now developed 73 horsepower.
A total of 148 of the Mark II automobiles were produced.

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Unveiled at the 1934 Motor show, the Aston Martin Mark II was, in effect, an improved Le Mans model. The 1.5-liter engine was tuned to produce 73 bhp, and the chassis was made stiffer to improve road holding. Two chassis lengths were available on the Mark II – a long form for saloons, tourers and drophead coupes, and a short form for 2 and 2/4 seater sports cars.

Two distinctive features of the Mark II are the thermostatically controlled radiator shutters and the cycle type front wings which turn with the steering.

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11
Sep
14

Bringing the house down in Las Vegas :)

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Photoshop World – Las Vegas 2014

Photoshop Las Vegas was the place to be this week as some of the worlds top photographers converged on Las Vegas to take part in the event which has now grown to be one of the biggest in the world !
Commercial car photographer Tim Wallace was amongst those invited to attend and give a selection of classes including a live car shoot within the convention centre at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

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September 3rd to the 5th Las Vegas was the place to be this year with the annual Photoshop World Event which is sponsored by Adobe.
The event is truly massive and attracts people from quite literally all over the globe, with the driving force behind this show spectacular being KelbyOne.
Tim was been invited to be one of the key instructors at the event and was on stage over the three day event giving several seminars including performing an exciting ‘Live’ car shoot in front of the audience, talking about lighting, photography, photoshop and how to really work effectively with your clients and make a difference to your business.

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Photoshop World Las Vegas with KelbyOne Find out more at the Official Photoshop World site and details for 2015 !

Photoshop World is the place to be if your want to learn from some of the top photographers in the World today, all under one roof in this spectacular event that offers 3 days of shows and on stage seminars, get to meet the instructors off stage, special events and parties in the evening and one of the worlds biggest Expo events all in the desert city on Las Vegas. “What happens in Vegas, usually ends up on YouTube!…”
Full event programmes that show the Expo event and also the different training ‘tracks’ for instructor seminar events across all three days will be available in the coming weeks and registration is now open through KelbyOne

Photoshop World is where creative people from all walks of life come to take part in affordable, hands-on learning that can’t be found anywhere else. Gaining valuable, real-world experience from innovative instructors, while building camaraderie amongst creatives with shared passions. From beginners to experts, teachers to students, hobbyists to professionals, this is place where everyone is invited to share, network and engage in a welcoming community.

Tim’s classes over the 3 days in Las Vegas

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Tim’s History with KelbyOne

Tim has been a KelbyOne instructor for 3 years now and over in the US Scott Kelby described Tim as one of the most influential car photographers in the World today and Tim was invited to the US by Kelby and with their filming and production crew produced a set of one hour long video tutorials that cover the in-depth aspects of the lighting of cars in photography, Tim’s the approach to a shoot and the issues and solutions that can arise in different situations and working with just available light effectively. These video seminars are available online through KelbyOne.

The video seminars have since proved a huge success and have received some great feedback from the tens of thousands of professional and amateur based viewers Worldwide that have used them to help them understand items from new lighting techniques to how to look at a scene and work to build up for a more atmospheric photographic capture. The videos also look at working with just one light for those that wish to try out and experiment in this field but have limited equipment available as well as some dedicated photoshop retouching and digital processing classes. Tim is now a regular guest at Kelby and continues to build on the catalogue of training videos available through his dedicated area on the Kelby site where he is one of the featured instructors in the World alongside some of the biggest names in the photography today such as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel.
You can also find 2 in depth interviews lasting over 1 hour each with Tim talking about the business side of the industry from setting up and first things to think about, through to client strategies and effective quoting as well as a second 1 hour video interview where Tim talks about what inspires him today and talks through the journey that led him to where he is today.

Want to see Tim’s video seminars today?
Why not go across to KelbyOne where all Tim’s courses are available online and get yourself prepared for Vegas! Tim Wallace – KelbyOne Training Instructor

9 in-depth lighting, photography and technique video classes now available with over 10 hours of material to view

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The Experience of PSW

Tim - “This was my very first PSW event, Scott had previously invited me a few times to take part but workload ands such like prevented me attending in previous years, this year was totally different and it was great to get involved and be a part of this amazing event. Nothing really prepared me for the sheer scale of the whole event and the location in Las Vegas was within the convention centre of the Mandalay Bay Resort and oh boy what a resort! Mandalay Bay is not only possibly one of the biggest Resorts in Las Vegas but it really is like a little town within itself with everything to hand and was truly the perfect place to host something of this nature that was on such a grand scale.

The first morning we were ushered into our seats at the front of the hall used for the Key Note Opening speech were the instructors and partners are positioned and 15 minutes later the doors opened and the crowds quite literally broke through to get the best seats that they could, it was amazing the energy and enthusiasm of the crowds. The key note itself was a real pleasure to watch and following the official opening we prepared for the first of our classes to deliver that an hour later. I have spoken in many different countries over the years on lighting, photography and business but never to a US audience on this scale and I have to say that I really enjoyed it immensely. The crowds were both polite and very enthusiastic about all the seminars that went on over that 3 days period. The lighting class that I gave on the 2nd day went really well and its not often that you get to drive a sports car through a hotel, which is something that we had to do so that we could get it into place for the live shoot event :)
Following the feedback from that live shoot lighting class it has already been announced that from the high demand that in 2015 I will be back in Las Vegas to give more classes and the live shoot event will be making up part of the ‘pre con’ day which occurs the day before the official launch of PSW allowing a select number of instructors to give major time to a reduced and select class of people over a 4 to 5 hour period, this is something that I was very pleased to have been asked to do and it will be great to be able to really get into a lot more depth on the lighting class in 2015 because of this.

In the final day I delivered my class on ‘Inspired Business’, I knew that this may well be a popular class but nothing prepared me for the scale of that, on the morning of the event we were given one of the largest halls at the convention centre and turn out for that class was the biggest of the entire event for us, it was amazing and very touching indeed for me personally. At the end of each class those attending are asked to fill out a short feedback form allowing them to give their thoughts on the class, its effectiveness, delivery and such like. From the feedback off the Business class we were later told that it had received some of the very best feedback of any class during the entire event and from all the classes given over that 2014 event, as a result Scott Kelby himself made a request that at the 2015 we not only deliver this class again but by request of those attending, we also make it a much longer class and I am currently looking at putting that back to back across a double session for 2015.

Following the excellent and very kind feedback that we received from those that attended the classes over the three day period I was asked to give a speech at the closing ceremony on the final day so once again I was on stage but this time in front of the entire volume of those that had attended the 2014 PSW event. I have to admit I was slightly nervous as the event had I was told attracted over 26,000 people this year, giving it one the highest attendance records in all its history.

On a final note I would like to really say from my heart a huge thank you to the support staff of KelbyOne, these are the guys that work very long hours behind the scenes to make sure that instructors such as myself have everything that we need as well as looking after all the video and audio for each class and event. We made some amazing new friends with the team and I was touched that indeed some KelbyOne guys actually came to attend a few classes themselves between their own duties. The event itself was both physically demanding for those involved with busy days and many after show parties each night, all of which were utterly amazing :) and also gave people like myself a real chance to talk and meet those attending PSW.
Lastly I would say a huge thank you to the other instructors themselves, we met some amazing people on this journey and made some life long friends and we are already looking forward to 2015 PSW in Las Vegas so we can do it all again !”

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30
Aug
14

Professional Photographer Magazine – Turning Pro Feature Living The Dream Feature

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This month commercial automotive car photographer Tim Wallace spoke with Charley Yates from Professional Photographer Magazine for a special feature article on ‘Living the dream’ where different photographers from a wide range of professional photographic fields were interviewed. Looking at what its like to strive to achieve that ‘dream job’ in the industry and stay in that position, hard work, luck, or pure talent?

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Ambient Life Online

A selection of other online sites that offer a look into the work of UK Professional Photographer Tim Wallace.

www.ambientlife.co.uk


Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life.
An award winning photographer he is probably best known for his commercial car and advertising work.

Tim works with many well known brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover and Kenwood in the US, and has recently been named as one of the ten photographers to be selected by Hasselblad for the quality of his work and creative vision to represent their new 'Pro Team' to be launched in 2010.

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