6 Stunning Snaps on #WorldPhotographyDay
Posted on: 19 August, 2019
Every race weekend, we always struggle to choose a handful of amazing pictures from the huge selection that is available to us to show you on our social media channels and website, because we want to post them all! So, to celebrate #WorldPhotographyDay on Monday 19 August 2019, we asked one of the team’s talented photographers, Lou Johnson from Spacesuit Media, to pick her favourite shots that she took during the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship campaign and tell us a bit about each incredible photo.
1. Marrakesh: Mountains for Miles
This year was my second visit to The Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh. It’s one of the few permanent race tracks we head to on the ABB FIA Formula E calendar and in my opinion, one of the prettiest. Set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, with crisp and warm early morning light, it can be a lot of fun for photographers, weather dependent! Shot mid-morning on the test day that followed the race weekend, this image was taken from a bridge at the far side of the track where I managed to sneak my lens through a slit in one the advertising boards. Elevated shots are often some of the more interesting shots we get in Formula E and it’s a great way to show off some of the stunning cities we race in.
2. Santiago: Anticipation on the Grid
The grid is one of my favourite moments on race weekend. The atmosphere is unbelievable and, while it’s often a very manic and busy place to be, nothing beats the building anticipation waiting for the lights to go out. It’s a real playground for many photographers. This image of Jerome D’Ambrosio was taken on the grid at the Santiago E-Prix and it’s one of my favourites from season five. Those final moments before the driver gets into the car are so important because the media interviews and VIP meet-and-greets are all over. It’s just the driver and his team, fully focused on the race ahead.
3. Mexico City: In the Ring
On most race weekends, my Thursday morning consists of shooting off-track activities with either one or both Mahindra Racing drivers. This can be anything from filming with TV stations to visiting local karting tracks with young racers. Mexico City was arguably one of my favourite off-track shoots I have ever done working in Formula E. I was asked to capture behind-the-scenes imagery as part of a feature film with Pascal Wehrlein where he was being taught to box by a professional boxing coach. It’s always such a pleasure photographing the drivers away from the track and work with them in a new and different environment. The team always allow me to be as creative as I like with my work and I’m really pleased with how this series of images came out. It’s impossible for me to choose just one image, so I’ve chosen two!
4. Monaco: Adapting a Classic
Monaco is such an iconic city for racing and, because we only go there every other year, it’s always such a special place to shoot. One of the challenges shooting at renowned race tracks is trying to approach it with a new and interesting perspective. The light on race day was particularly changeable this year, but we were treated to a gorgeous soft afternoon light and that helped me to capture my take on one of the classic Monaco shots at Rascasse.
5. Mexico City: Electrifying Atmosphere
The atmosphere at the Mexico E-Prix is always electrifying when tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans descend on Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez year after year. The stadium section of the track is an impressive place to be - when we go green in Mexico City; it’s just an incredible sight. I chose this photograph from season five because it shows the thrill of the race and the atmosphere surrounding it and I think it sums up the excitement and close racing of Formula E.
6. Monaco: The Right Place at the Right Time
As a motorsport photographer, I’m always striving for the perfect balance of contextual and editorial images. What that means is that I need to show the story of the race alongside more abstract images that concentrate on the beauty of racing. The final photograph I’ve chosen was taken at Monaco and it’s one of the more creative images from season five. This was taken through the metal barrier in the bridge that crosses the track at Rascasse and I got the timing just right as Jerome crossed beneath me, highlighting only his car and the markings on the road.
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Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of Mahindra Racing.