I was born in a Mini .. more or less. I took a pre birth trip to Workington Infirmary in the Van displayed in the first image: then other than posing behind the wheel for a family snap I took a rest until I was 3 before journeying south. The Countryman in the image is somewhere on the Rhine in Germany. That car made it to Italy on more than one occasion, crossing the alps with four on board, camping gear and food for three to four weeks: I have no idea how this was possible, you'll have to ask my parents, they packed it all in there.
I volunteered to help MG Rover for the final year of production and they generously allowed me to use a series of wonderful cars to work on my day job as a travel photographer: Images here show Italy, The Eiger in Switzerland, Paris and Monte Carlo.
The Classic Car images are unique and shot on Agfa Scala 200 (black and white transparency). This amazing film was launched at the wrong time: everyone was moving to the new digital medium. I somewhat stubbornly kept going with film and became the single biggest user of Scala in Europe: it was tricky to use and expensive to process but it was very special as a film for photographic art.
I'm looking at the scala images with a view to large format 'dye sublimation' art on aluminium where the metal base takes on the image using a heat and press process. Images will be 200cm in height and 'float' 2cm from the wall (batten mounted for ease of instalation).
This project is at the 'thinking' stage: more to follow.
PS: I still drive a Mini Cooper S GJ56 VEV built by BMW in Oxford and its brilliant: I really should take a picture of it.
Neil Emmerson 2017