In the Dark with a V8 Vantage…

This week commercial car photographer Tim Wallace has been spending some time in the dark quite literally with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage to shoot a series of work for an advertising and marketing campaign on this baby of the modern Aston sports series.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a supreme example of modern automotive design, a hand-crafted sports car with amazing performance, outstanding agility and yet able to be used everyday, it is today one of Aston’s best selling models.
At the heart of every great sports car is a great engine, and the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadster are powered by Aston Martin’s 4.7-litre V8, developed for both flexibility and outright performance. The V8 also sounds truly spectacular and is capable of propelling the car to a maximum speed of 180 mph without breaking a sweat.

There’s a lot to be said for the look of a car. Tearful poems could be written, if you were that way inclined, and epic soliloquies performed. For there are plenty of attractive cars, and some of them go quite fast as well. But how many sound so beautiful that they make you think twice before plugging in the iPod? It’s definitely no slouch in the visual department, it’s also a rare aural delight. I say this as someone who hears engines racing and accelerating engines. I feel sure I could listen to CDs of a speeding V8 the way some ­insomniacs find comfort in recordings of whale song. It’s a deeply soulful sound, like a John Coltrane solo – only played on an alloy camshaft rather than a tenor saxophone. What’s more, it grows sweeter as the revs increase, so you can find yourself flirting with three penalty points while acceler­ating towards that beckoning siren sound. Alas, “I’m sorry officer, I was beguiled by the music of the engine”, is the kind of explanation that soon leads to an exchange with a breathalyser.

Aston Martin is a name inextri­cably linked to James Bond, so it is a key signifier in the schoolboy fantasy world that many men, in particular, would ideally like to inhabit. Driving the Vantage does nothing to crush the fantasy.


1 Response to “In the Dark with a V8 Vantage…”

  1. August 17, 2010 at 04:58

    Absolutely stunning as always Tim!!!
    Looking at your work and reading your words re thinking twice about turning on the iPod, I can almost hear the sound of the engine; a sound that never ceases to stop me in my tracks and just stare.

    Wonderful work,
    Thanks for sharing,

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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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