Automotive Photography With Larry Chen
News Desk, via Roadkill (roadkill.com)
Larry Chen is a noted photographer of automotive culture whose work has been featured at Speedhunters.com and HOT ROD Magazine. His ability to capture the essence of car culture at the grass roots level has earned him much respect within the automotive world. He recently answered questions about how he rose to the top as one of the best photographers in the field in an article in Roadkill.
Before Chen found success with photographing cars, he made a living as a member of the paparazzi. He used the money he made as a paparazzi to pay his travel expenses to car events.
There was one point when I was covering the Formula Drift series where I would help the teams trailer their cars to the track just to be able to get to the events so I could be there to photograph. So it was kind of tough for a long time. I appreciate being able to do things properly now, but I also miss those days sometimes because of how simple things were – I was just out there to take pretty pictures.
Chen offers some advice for aspiring photographers:
The thing that I always preach is that when you’re on your couch watching TV or whatever, you’re not making good pictures. It’s such a simple concept. But when you’re actually out there, in front of something cool, it’s easy to make good pictures happen.
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