Toyota Starlet 2007, First Car Shoot
For those who know me, long enough, will know that I have been shooting car events for many years prior to having my dSLR. I was not good by any means, but I was just EARLY to the game. When everyone was still on film cameras I was on digital compact cameras. By chance there was one used Nikon D80 on the market and I just went for it. I was still experimenting with the camera when I was given the chance to shoot a Toyota Starlet back in 2007. Back then my friend was shooting to submit an article to a local car magazine.
So I just tagged along to learn and try out shooting cars.
One of the beginning shots, I had never been shot a car outside of events. So I was randomly experimenting, not too focused on angles more on testing to see how do I get something usable so that I do not look like a noob.
I was actually cleaning up my hard disk, removing old random pictures and saw the Starlet folder. Going thru them and selecting the pictures which i find acceptable.
Then I posted it up on instagram.
Two things happened, one of the ex-owners friend messaged me. Saying it’s their ex-car, and asking if there were other pictures of the car. And I confirmed that my friend had owned the car prior.
Now, when I was shooting the car back then my mind was pre-occupied. I was trying my best just to focus on getting nice pictures. And I never really took notice of the car plate, AND I never actually shared the pictures out onto the internet. Prior to sharing the above picture on instagram, I was looking at the car plate and thinking, why does this car plate look so familiar. Feels like my friend’s car plate number a red Starlet.
Now how is that for a story. 12 year later, I find out that the car I shot was actually owned by a friend, and the next owner was a friend’s friend. Now the next owner said he himself did not have any pictures of the car, so I processed up the rest and share it with him.
I would say, even by today’s standard this was a pretty clean and sleeper build.
I was told that after the photoshoot the car got more serious upgrades to go drag racing, but in the end I’m not sure that it ever did. Because the scene kind of fizzled away and after a few more years the owner sold it off.
What was pretty interesting for me was that before this, few weeks back I shared some pictures which I took of another car to another friend. He also didn’t have much pictures of his car. Back in the day, they were more focus on modding and winning than documenting the process or the end.
So probably what I was trying to say is that, if there is a chance, please ask someone to document your car, the process and all of it. As we know time does not stop and soon it will be 12 years, 24 years, 36 years on
I know my pictures may not be the best, but at least all the hard work is recorded, documented. For the most part I’m just glad that it invoked someones memories.
That was pretty cool.