A photographer named Joshua Paul recently made headlines online when he did something unexpected but surprisingly effective – he took photos at a Formula One race using a camera that’s over a hundred years old.
Hear us out here – it seems outrageous, but Joshua’s shots of the race using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera are nothing short of amazing. There’s an old cliché that says it’s not the camera but the person behind it that makes a photo great, but we think this was an astounding combination of both that just worked incredibly well.
If you’ve been fortunate enough to have gone through at least a few years using a film camera even in childhood, you know that you’re only allowed to take a few shots per roll, ranging from 12-36 shots each. This is a stark contrast to today’s modern digital cameras. While these gadgets can take about 20 frames per second, the Graflex camera from 1913 could only take a total of 20 photos.
Because of this factor, Joshua had to take a lot of risk and really look out for special moments to capture at just the right time. Not to discredit people who use modern cameras, but this man’s attention to detail at such a fast-paced environment is quite impressive.
In an interview with Bored Panda, he narrated how he got the camera from his instructor James Fee. Joshua was still studying photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, when he and another student was cleaning his instructor’s darkroom. In exchange for helping his instructor print his editions, Joshua got the camera.
“I got lucky with this one because the bellows are very long and I can shoot macro with it,” he said. “It’s also the same camera Margaret Bourke-White used, and is posing with on the Chrysler building.”
As far as being really into shooting races go, this wasn’t really planned out but interestingly came into play by accident. He told Bored Panda: “I came to Barcelona in 2013 to see Blur play the Primavera Sound Music Festival. Knowing the race would overlap, I applied for accreditation with Road & Track magazine. It was approved three days before my trip, and when I arrived, I was immediately invited to the Monaco GP, and subsequent races after that. That was the first time I shot a car race.”
It eventually became something he’s passionate about, enough that he’d later create Lollipop Magazine specifically for enthusiasts of the Grand Prix. He is the founder and creative director of the magazine, and along with his credentials as an FIA Accredited Formula One Photographer, the New York-based Joshua Paul is one of the names to look out for in the scene.
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For more information about the artist and his magazine:
Lollipop Magazine Website: Lollipop-gp.com
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