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31.12.13

vespamore photography - 2013 review, a year in pictures

Following last year's well received vespamore photography 2012 review here is a summary of vespamore photography's highlights of 2013, or as I saw it anyway! This annual review is meant as a departure from those lists you see at the end of each year on TV & in the papers. If like me you are saddened recalling we lost the likes of Nelson Mandela, Joe Frazier, Lou Reed in 2013, not to mention the many natural disasters, wars & human suffering that befell the planet this year, then this is for you - an alternative look back on the year for vespa/scooter/photography lovers. There is no message in all of this other than to wish you all a Happy New Year in 2014 ...

January



Starting off 2013 was the news I was going to get my film photography in print, with a collaboration between Niall of Retrospective Scooters and myself. After taking shots on film for years at my favourite classic scooter dealer in North London, as well as on the streets of central London, we agreed to put the best of these in to a self published book. In January I began work with talented graphic designer David Hardy (also a classic Lambretta rider), laying out the Retrospective Scooters book which was eventually launched in April ..




As for January's best image, that would have to be this 'too kool' fashion shot by Erik Roa Rodriguez. While best vespa without a doubt would be this lovely custom paint Spanish GS shot by Danimantis, which I actually got to see at London's World Vespa Days in 2012.




I should also mention the 'Challenge Scootentole - Magny Cours 2012' excellent short film posted in January ...




TEASER rencontre avec la drouille from THEWILLISWILLIS on Vimeo.


February

This very nice Swedish Rally belonging to Tobbe Stuhre deserves a mention from February's posts..




while the standout images for me in February included this lovely shot by Max Coffee with sumptuously rich colours & tones ...




... this great Japanese street shot captured on a Hasselblad film camera by tooltooltool75 ...




.. and this beautifil Ape shot by Simone Sapia ...




March

The first vespa event I went to in 2013 was the Vintage Douglas Vespa Run in its third year ..





.. and as you can see from the first featured film shot I took, it was very wet with horizontal rain driven by strong winds, welcoming those who turned up on their very nice assorted Douglas vespas. It was a shame as the previous year's event had the same weather with only the inaugural event in 2011 being blessed with blue skies & sunshine. 2014's planned event will be held slightly later in the hope of attracting some half decent weather.

Other photographic highlights from March would be this from Cafe Racer Dreams ..




... and these two shots sent to me from Indonesian scooterist & photographer - Fariansyah Noor





.. and lastly Andrea Scirè's beautiful 50 Special shot ...




April

April saw the launch of my RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS book which was & still is a decent personal achievement as far as my film photography is concerned ..





however being invited to attend SIP Scootershop's customshow was more exciting as a vespa fan & photography enthusiast ..







Elsewhere in April, these were pretty cool too .. this shot by Carlos Pinho




.. this great film by Mirko Jürgens posted in April ..



PASSION from Mirko Jürgens on Vimeo.


.. and not forgetting Flavio Ricci's beautiful image below ..




May



May's main highpoint would have to go this year's Vespa the Resistance installment & in particular the awesome photography taken at this year's race by iamascooterist ... I've really got to go to this event, would love to photograph the weekend long race ...

This original paint 1967 SS180 was also a nice find, featured this month ..




.. as was this SS90 I spotted at Retrospective Scooters in for repairs ..





... these images from JF Morazzani




and Julius Frumble were other visual treats ...




June

The Vintage Vibe's original condition GS160 MKII was especially good to look at this month ..





 ..so was this sublime shot by pirat_hh ...




.. and this cool shot by pirate M ..




I also wanted to mention this great set of shots taken at Wildwood 2013 from vespamore regular Jenny Markley ..




..sneaking in also in June was this film shot I took of this blue Sprint in the London rain ...




July


July's best images for me included this which came via Davida's FB page ...




this Grimstead GS160, which I know is my foto but I do like this one ...




.. this lovely summer shot by Kat ...




 . and this great shot via The Scooterist ...




As for me in July, I got to shoot on film this collection of vintage scoots ...
which the above Grimstead GS160 belonged to  ...




... and go to the Veteran Vespa Club Canterbury weekend event ...




August

One of the best things to see on vespamore in August was the story, images & film of S.I.P. Scootershop's 2013 Vespatour which took in the Mormoiron rally ...




SIP VESPA ROAD TRIP SOUTH FRANCE 2013 from sip-scootershop.com on Vimeo.

 
Other fotos this month come courtesy of Aussie workshop Scooterwerk ...




famiglia_vienna ...




F*CK YEAH VESPAS...



... and this image via clubvespa.ro




September




I posted this at the beginning of  September after uploading the fotos I took in late August of 'Luigi', a lovely original paint GS150 VS4 in & around Canterbury, read on - here ...

Other photography highlights this month included the 'Italian Surfland' set by Alessandro Bocchi ...




 .. and this lovely candid capture by Raul Gonzalez in Mallorca, another vespamore regular contributor ...




... this short film by Pedro Freitas posted in September was also great to look at ...



Life is Beautiful Enjoy the Ride from Pedro Freitas on Vimeo.


October

This was another film shot of mine & another nice find seen at Retrospective Scooters  ...




Maybe not so much for vespa fans out there but definitely exhilarating for me was shooting vintage cycling event L'Eroica in the beautiful setting of the Tuscan Chianti hills & will be forming a new book title from vespamore photography coming in 2014 ...





Avon Celli e L’Eroica from WP on Vimeo.


Back to vespa happenings, noteworthy images this month came from talented Bulgarian photographer Dido Mihajlov resident in Madrid ...




... this lovely capture from Bowen Stead ...




.. and this equally lovely shot by Lewis Simpson ...




November

Images that did it for me this month have to include this vespa shoot from Christian Rolfes ... 


 

... this great image from Eclair Joli ...




.. this from another vespamore regular, Federico Savogin ...




... and this cool vid too ...



RIDE! RIDE! RIDE! in Vespa from RIDE!RIDE!RIDE! on Vimeo.


December

I took this set in November with the post being published in December - tooling around with a visiting German friend & taking some film shots of some very cool cars ...




Memorable Vespa shots in December came via Hugo Cardoso & Iberovespa ...





17º IBERO VESPA TOMAR, PORTUGAL 2013 from Hugo Sousa on Vimeo.


... another very cool shot from previously mentioned Aussie scoot workshop www.ssscooter.com - one of my fave shots of the year in fact ...




... this via VespaDeluxe ...




.. and lastly this from LeJoz ...




Well that's your lot for 2013, let's see what 2014 holds in store - whatever you're doing, ride safe. 

Happy New Year & thanks for your continued support ; )

vespamore - bringing Vespa & decent photography together - www.vespamore.com



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