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burn-out.ca Interview

I was contacted by Emmanuel Bonan from burn-out.ca this week to ask if I would be interviewed for the website. I was only too pleased to oblige. You can read the interview here, but is in French. Here is the English version I sent through.

Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Nick Grant and I’m from London, England. I spend a great deal of time around Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and Aircooled VWs. I currently drive a ’57 Chevy 210 283 four door. We bought a four door as we recently had a baby so we needed a practical family car. Some of my previous cars have been a ’67 Camaro 327 RS, a Kustom ’60 Ford Ranchwagon, a ’67 Dodge Charger a ’63 Beach Buggy. It’s fun driving a Classic American car in London as there aren’t many around but gas prices are almost $10 a gallon. There is a small but thriving scene in the UK for Hot Rods, there are three main drag strips and during the Summer there are a couple of shows on each weekend. We also have some big classic car shows that attract global interest such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I have travelled to the USA many times and have taken part in the Hot Rod Power Tour, I’ve only been to Canada once though, to Toronto and Niagra.

What are your motivations behind your camera?
I take a lot of inspriration from other photographers, I collect photography monographs. Some of my favorites are David Bailey, Gary Winogrand, Annie Leibowitz, Harry Benson, Richard Heeps and Gregory Crewdson. I also take inspiration from films, I’ve done a couple of Tarrantino inspired shoots and enjoy the work of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock. I don’t really take inspiration from any other car photographers which I hope brings a different take to my work. I’m interested in the relationship that people have with cars and how that manifests itself. When I shoot a model with a car there has to be a connection, a reason that she is there and interacting with the car, that’s why they are dressed from the same period as the car. I think this makes a difference to the models being empowered in the photos, they are the driver or the mechanic not just a girl draped over the car.

In what media your photos have already been published?
I am a regular contributor to Custom Car Magazine in the UK, I have also worked with Classic American, Ultra VW, Volksworld, Milkcow, Street Gasser and Connected Magazines. I also publish my own magazine called Retrospective Photographic Review (www.nickgrant.co.uk/retrospective). I have contributed to several books including Pinstripe Planet I and II and Tiki Mugs. I publish some on demand books through Blurb including a very popular book of the Hot Rod Hayride (http://www.blurb.com/books/1543831). I have exhibited in the Art Shows at Brighton Tattoo Convention, NSRA Billing Fun Run, NSRA Supernats and Hot Rod Hayride. There is a Diner on the A12 in Essex called The 8 Ball that is decorated with my photos all over the bar, doors and windows. I have also covered the Enamore Lingerie Show at London Fashion Week. Check out my flickr sets to see examples of all of these (http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantgb/sets/).

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