"When the subject takes precedence, you not only start the journey towards a personal style but you discover the sheer joy of visually responding to the world. It solves a lot of doubts, clears away all confusion".
- David Hurn, On Being A Photographer
Hurn is talking about the negative tendency for photography to be about photography, for photographers to be absorbed in the craft of photography (the gear, the settings, the techniques, the styles, the process) rather than the subject of the images.
Sometimes it’s easier than others to let the subject take precedence. For me, Motorsport is one of those subjects where I'm easily absorbed into the spectacle. Ever since being gripped watching Giles Villeneuve in the no.27 Ferrari on TV in the late seventies and early eighties. The Lombard RAC rally, the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans, the Monte Carlo rally, the Indy 500. Exotic, intoxicating sport, especially when the alternatives on English TV at the time often seemed to be either snooker or amateur wrestling.
Our vacation in California this month meant the chance to visit Laguna Seca. Just for a practice/qualifying day of the IMSA Sportcar Championships. Just for half the day. I’ve been to Le Mans, Goodwood, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Spa and many other circuits and events, but not yet as a photographer. And what a great circuit.
(Gear: Fujifilm X-T3, Fujinon 60mm f/2.4, Fujinon 35mm f/2, Ricoh GR3, Pixel 3)