• Bryan Jones

Sand, salt and rubber.

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

Earlier this year I made my way down to Crowdy Head to attended Rattletrap 2019. This was an event to showcase classic hot rods, vintage race cars and vintage motorcycles. The day included bracket sprints, grudge matches and an Exhibition Class for unique historic vehicles. It was awesome to see so many people launch their incredible machines along the sand.

I met up with fellow photographer Thomas Brown to shoot the event with film cameras. This event was a chance for me to test out my Pop’s old, but very clean Canon AE-1 Program. As the sky was overcast, I decided to run with a roll of Kodak Portra 400. I was incredibly pleased with the results; however, I did have to wait for the negatives to develop out of town. Knowing there'd be a wait, I took my trusty Sony A7ii along for the ride, using a 70-200mm F4 to get nice and close with some slow sweeping pans.

The start of the event had challenging conditions to photograph — rubbish weather with oddly bright skies and moderate rain, a strange combination to shoot. Juggling a camera and umbrella was a tricky task. Fortunately, the rain subsided, allowing the clouds to blanket the sky like a natural diffuser.

Vintage cars and bikes littered the beach, and the roar of the engines drove in the crowds. By the end of the races spectators in modern clothing rushed the beach, ruining the vintage aesthetics of the scene. Luckily for us, the carpark had a massive selection of vintage and retro vehicles at our disposal.

Canon AE-1 Program, Kodak Portra 400.