The man who shoots F1 with a 104-year-old camera
Affordable SLR’s and high-pixel smartphones have flooded the market and as a result these days everyone is a "photographer". Truth be told, any entry-level model with a half-decent lens will get you some rather good snaps, but it wasn’t always that easy. Just ask photographer Joshua Paul.
The British photographer has taken the rather romantic step of capturing the roaring pace of Formula One racing using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera, rather than any of that new-fangled wizardry.
Inspired to shoot Formula One racing with his outdated camera after seeing a 1969 magazine containing images of that year's Indy 500, Paul set out to recreate the deliberately blurry and out of focus pictures that are in stark contrast to other photographers who shoot at 20-frames per second.
Because Paul is shooting on digital (and partly because the technology of 1913 Graflex shutter speeds were severely limited), he is limited to 20 shots and has to plan, think and execute each shot in advance.
He first started shooting F1 racing at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and he's now so passionate about the sport that he's even launched a magazine called Lollipop, a publication for Grand Prix enthusiasts. Check out some of his pictures below. You can also find him on Instagram.
Re-published from 2017.