Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Frits van Eldik: Master Of Motor Sports
Frits van Eldik begins with a vision and from there creates some of the most evocative and intense racing photographs in the world
As a boy, Frits van Eldik surrounded himself with cars and photographs. His father, a garage owner, was an avid amateur photographer. Young Frits was spellbound by the pictures that appeared as if by magic in the kitchen darkroom. At age 11, he announced in his father’s garage that he would become a motorsports photographer. The mechanics laughed, but he did it anyway.
“I try to make something different,” he says, “not the usual action shots. Of course, I make these as well, but I try to create something new. The big agencies work with more photographers and do have the normal shots, such as the start, action, overtaking, crashes and the winner’s podium. I try to find other angles or use other lenses and settings. It’s more risky, but challenging. I try to make a mix. Action, emotion, details—if possible I try to get movement. I want your eyes to go to the point that I want you to see.
Most important is to see things that hopefully others don’t see, at least not that same day with the same light.”
Preparation is key. Van Eldik says most people assume he just shows up at the track on race day to look for pictures. In fact, he arrives days before to scout and plan his approach. It shows in his images, as he always seems to be in just the right place at just the right time.
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