Essay: Electric basses and old cars

Essay: Electric basses and old cars

I love vintage cars; it would probably be obvious from several past similar shootings, which I do any time I have the change. Being also a bass player I also love electric basses, especially vintage and hotrod/modified ones.

So when, during the recent Blues for Peace festival, John Grigoriou suggested we make a shooting involving both, I jumped at the opportunity.

For reference, here is a photo from John Grigoriou, with bass descriptions included

John is the most prominent session bass player in Greece, having played and recorded with literally everyone that is someone in the Greek music scene. He is also an avid bass collector: his stable now counts more than 210 electric basses, from all makes and eras, among them, several incredibly precious vintage and one-off pieces. He's also a huge fan of vintage cars and, in his bass collection, there is a growing number of custom painted instruments, using actual era-correct car colors, racing stripes, numbers, etc.  You see, in addition to being a top player and devoted collector, he is also a fan of bass mods, which has resulted in a number of astonishingly looking instruments.

I have shot at the Hellenic Motor Museum in the past, and it remains a great venue, especially for old car fans as myself. What's more important is that the cars are rotated in regular intervals, so a second or third visit will offer different material for the visitor. The crew at the Museum do a splendid job, and their love for vintage cars is more than evident. Their work has already been widely recognized internationally and I'd urge any vintage car lover visiting Athens to pay them a visit; rest assured it will be time well spend.

Technically speaking, the Museum is both extremely interesting and challenging to photograph. Light is usually limited (they have to show the cars in the right mood to showcase colors and lines, after all). Which means quite high ISO in most cases, but no problem there. Being able to combine the lines and colors of the instruments with those of the cars was totally worth the effort. As an added bonus, the Museum features a "fully equipped" vintage service garage (check the last photos in the gallery), which gave the opportunity for some exciting shots.

And here is the man himself, John, amidst the swarm of basses used in the photoshoot

In closing, I'd like to thank John for the idea and opportunity, Konstantinos Nichoritis, for the arrangements and backstage videos. Finally, the guys at the Museum for their help and support., especially John Aggelis who has been a true champ not only tolerating us but also activelly helping us, while trying to do his job at the same time. Cheers to all!

Here are the fruits of the labor, please enjoy!

Gear report: all photos shot with the Fuji X-Pro2 and X-E2 and the following Fuji XF lenses: 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2, 50-140mm f/2.8

 


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