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Aston Martin DB1 - A Legend is Discovered


A few weeks ago commercial car photographer Tim Wallace spent some time with a very rare Aston Martin DB1 that had been discovered and brought back home to our client 'Aston'
This week saw media interest explode both within the UK and Internationally when the cars existence was made known. …Read the full article here

Land Rover Pro Live Shoot Event


The location was the Land Rover 'proving ground and test track within the massive Land Rover factory complex in Solihull England. The weather was very British..., and the event was the 2013 Land Rover Pro Live Shoot Seminar Event with Commercial Car Photographer Tim Wallace.
The event itself brought photographers in from far and wide including Denmark, the Netherlands and even one dedicated chap who flew all the way from Melbourne Australia just to attend this one day event with Tim. The event was designed by Tim to give the audience a real feel for what is involved on a professional commercial car shoot, and followed the entire shooting process through from car placement and light positioning to finished photography with full support from Profoto UK and also Nikon UK. The day was spent looking at 2 very different setups using multiple Pro lights working together and also looking at problems that car photographers face whilst on location and how to work to find solutions to these using position and lighting. The vehicles donated kindly by our client Land Rover for the event were the new Range Rover Evoque and the legendary Land Rover G4. …Read the full article here

Royal Photographic Society Interview


The Royal Photographic Society is one of the oldest and most respected societies in England and recently David Land from the RPS spent some time with Tim Wallace to talk about his work, his outlook on the industry today and where it all started for Tim many years ago to lead him to a path that would see him build a successful international business in just 6 years and become a respected name in the industry. Tim is an 'Associate' of the RPS having successfully passed the Associate judging to gain this award just 1 year after starting his business with his work having been featured at exhibitions and events by the RPS on several occasions, later this year Tim will be giving a talk for the society at their headquarters in Bath England. …Read the full article here

Lamborghini Murcielago SV - Los Angeles


The Lamborghini Murcielago SV is arguably one of the most recognisable cars available today. Some say that Lamborghini has lost some of its 'madness' but the Murcielago SV still retains many of the extreme body and performance qualities that gave Lamborghini its reputation for pushing boundaries many years ago. This month saw commercial car photographer Tim Wallace on location in Los Angeles to capture some photography of this dark example of automotive sculpture utilising the Opera House in down town LA with its enormous flowing arcs of steel and metal to act as the back drop for this shoot. …Read the full article here

AmbientLife reaches Final 10 in the Las Vegas based [Framed] Awards


We are delighted to have received the news this month that Tim Wallace has reached the final 10 for 'Commercial Photographer of the Year' in the [Framed] Awards which are based in the US. The Awards, often referred to as the [F] Awards is held each year to award those photographers in the industry, both established and up and coming across the differing sectors and disciplines within professional photography. The [F] Award is a committee of judges that have selected the top 10 in each category and once these places are announced the results are published and part of the selection process is then open to 'voting' on the [F] Awards website. Nominees are selected for each award based on their quality of work from all submissions made and voting is open until February 8th at 12:00 (MST) …Read the full article here

Welcome to new client Almanac Publishers in South Africa


This week we would like to welcome Almanac Publishers based in Johannesburg South Africa as a new client to AmbientLife. Almanac are a media and publication based company that we are now working with to produce a range of high end bespoke commercial photography for as well as a series of corporate brand specific calendars for 2014. We look forward to working directly with creative directors over the coming year and the exciting projects that will bring. …Read the full article here

Los Angeles - San Francisco


California has long held a magical appeal in many people minds and recently photographer Tim Wallace spent some time there and recording some work in probably two of probably its best known cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tim shoots automotive car photography all over the World and as a photographer is always looking out of great locations and area's that his clients can utilise for advertising and commercial photography. Whilst in the US the photographer spent time also in Death Valley and Yosemite National Park to get a real feel for what the west coast is all about. …Read the full article here

Aston Martin - 100 Years


Today the prestigious UK based car manufacturer Aston Martin celebrated 100 years since it birth in 1913. UK commercial car photographer Tim Wallace is probably best known for his work shooting Aston Martin and is currently working on a book for our client Aston that we anticipate will be available and released for sale during 2013 the celebratory year.

The luxury brand marked the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea’s Henniker Mews – the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on 15 January 1913. Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez - “I am proud to be celebrating 100 years of heritage and the best of British craftsmanship."
“Aston Martin is known around the world for our leading design combined with advanced technology. Ours is the coolest luxury car brand on the planet and I am looking forward to our second century of building the world’s most desirable sports cars.” …Read the full article here

Old Crow Speed Shoot in Los Angeles


The Old Crow Speed Shop in Los Angeles exists for one reason, because of the passion of its owner to preserve and maintain the interest and art of building speed machines for land speed racing.
Commercial car photographer Tim Wallace hooked up with Bobby Green to do some commercial shooting at the workshop in Los Angeles. We look forward to working with Bobby again in the future and we are currently organising a trip out to shoot work at the infamous 'Speed Week' that takes place each year on the Utah Salt Flats. …Read the full article here

Profoto Master Series Interview with Tim Wallace


This week saw commercial car photographer Tim Wallace being interviewed by Profoto Sweden. Tim recorded a set of 3 filmed interviews discussing his work, lighting and his feelings towards what makes a successful commercial image in todays market. The interviews are part of the 'Master Series' of films that Profoto produce featuring renowned professional photographers from around the World. …Read the full article here

Royal Photographic Society Lecture


We are very happy to announce that AmbientLife photographer Tim Wallace has been requested by the Royal Photographic Society to give a professional Lecture in June this year to take place at the RPS headquarters in Bath, England.
Aimed at those who not only love great car photography but also those seeking to learn more about commercial photography. Participants will gain a better understanding of light and other elements along with aspects of business and commercial work in general.
Tim talks through his life in car photography and photography as a business, working within the industry today and how he approaches the market. …Read the full article here

Project Alcatraz


Recently whilst the Ambientlife team were out shooting commercial work in California photographer Tim Wallace took some time out to shoot some personal work on the infamous Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco and is often referred to as "The Rock," the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Aboriginal Peoples from San Francisco who were part of a wave of Native activism across the nation with public protests through the 1970s. In 1972 Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
Today, the island's facilities are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. …Read the full article here

Nikon Special Edition FX Brochure


Nikon this week launched a brochure and review of their professional FX range of camera bodies and lenses in conjunction with European based photography magazine 'Digital SLR' magazine and some of the work of car photographer Tim Wallace was chosen to be featured to help demonstrate the quality of their optical lenses for the FX lens feature. The photograph features the legendary Shelby GT500. The GT500 is one of the best known from the Shelby stable and is very evocative of the era in which it became a working class hero.

In 1964, Carroll Shelby was asked to enhance the performance of the new Ford Mustang, and the legendary GT350 was born. Initially just for racing, the 1965 GT350 R Model began its dominance on American racing circuits and making a name for itself by winning the SCCA B production championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967.

Ford wanted to put a version on the street known as the GT350 The GT350 was essentially a de-tuned and reworked R Model and it catapulted Mustang into the world of high performance. It became one of the most popular and recognizable brands in the automotive industry. The performance evolution continued with the famed king of the road, the GT500. …Read the full article here

Aston Martin Calendar 2013


For the past 5 years UK Commercial Car Photographer Tim Wallace has been commissioned to shoot the Aston Calendar, this has grown over the last 5 years and is now purchased by Aston Martin Owners and enthusiasts quite literally Worldwide with print runs in both Europe and now this year for the first time in China also to manage the demand for the calendar in that region also. In November last year Aston launched the new 2012 collection and this has been so well received and favoured by Aston's customers and and followers that it has been put in reprint as orders still flood in, a great accolade to the work and the enthusiasm of our followers with it now having a cult following around the world from the US to Russia and Japan.
The 2013 edition of the calendar has virtually sold out already and represents ` cross section of the Aston models through the years photographed through out the World in locations from the US to the Alpine passes of Switzerland. …Read the full article here

Interview Feature DPC - South Africa


DPC South Africa this month featured the work of Ambientlife photographer Tim Wallace.

"This exceptional Commercial Photographer’s work will have you drooling… Tim Wallace is an unbelievably talented Photographer, his shooting style is very pure and his attention to detail explains why he has received so many awards, including, International Advertising Photographer of the Year. Follow the images below, it will most assuredly inspire you…"

Danie Bester, founder and editor of DPC, has been lecturing extensively on photography throughout South Africa for some years. Danie’s love for fine art photography is evident in both his work, as well as his basic and advanced training courses. …Read the full article here

Wallace Interview - US


Over the last 3 weeks Tim Wallace has been in the US working several projects that have seen him shooting work in San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley Salt Flats and down in L.A.
Ephotozine caught up with photographer Tim Wallace outside LA after a shoot and interviewed him about his work, his approach and what drives him after starting his business from scratch only 6 years ago and already receiving great notoriety with the industry for his work and style as well as being the recipient of many awards. …Read the full article here

Jaguar Heritage Commercial shoot at Gaydon Test Track England


This week we have been shooting some commercial work for our client at the high speed proving ground at Jaguar Gaydon. The work featured 15 classic Jaguar Heritage models that will make up a 5 ad campaign to be launched in early 2013 as well as material for Jaguar to be used at the Classic Car Show at the NEC later this November. …Read the full article here

Virage Magazine Feature - Aston Martin Belgium


This week saw Car Photographer Tim Wallace of AmbientLife have some of his work with the very rare and converted Aston Martin DBR2 featured in the Aston Martin Belgium Publication 'Virage'
The infamous DBR2 is one of the rarest Aston Martins that exists and this week it was the task of car photographer Tim Wallace to capture this very rare and elegant beauty.
Only two DBR2s were built, and they both went on to race extensively in the United States. DBR2/2 was driven by Stirling Moss to victory in the Bahamas in 1958 and was later owned by the late Victor Gauntlet, Chairman of the Aston Martin Company in the 1980s. Today these cars can both command a price tag around £8m each. …Read the full article here

Le Grand Feature on Photographer Tim Wallace


This month we are very honoured to announce a feature that will appear in 'Le Grand' a Worldwide magazine that has its roots based in high end luxury living and life style. The magazine interviewed AmbientLife photographer Tim Wallace earlier this year to talk to him about his work with some the Worlds finest prestige car manufacturers such as Aston Martin and Bentley as well as take a look at how his work has impacted on this market Worldwide to create a desire that drives and influences his clients customers. The magazine is published in both English and Chinese across the World and has an online version available for subscribers to the facility with many sections including not only prestige automotive but also high end fashion, jewellery, lifestyle products and yachting to name a few. …Read the full article here

Super Yacht Magazine Feature - Project Genevieve


Project Genevieve

N39° 33' 47 W2° 20' 43 off the coast of Palma was the central location for commercial photographer Tim Wallace as he worked with a team to complete a commercial shoot of the luxury yacht 'Genevieve' for our yacht charter client based in New York. The work was this month published in 'Super Yacht Owner' magazine. …Read the full article here

Wynard Golf Brochure Shoot


Wynyard Golf Club is a prestigious golf and social venue in North East England offering exceptional standards of golf and this week AmbientLife photographer Tim Wallace spent a few days on the course shooting some new work for Wynard, a client that has been with us since 2009, to help create new brochure and marketing material. The course is set on the exclusive Wynyard Estate near in County Durham, and attracts keen golfers who enjoy an excellent test of skill playing the championship Wellington Course. Immaculate course conditions, all year round play, a classic golf course design and superior standards of service, hospitality and professionalism make Wynyard Golf Club one of the North's top golf destinations. …Read the full article here

Aston Martin DB5 Shoot - Switzerland


The location was Switzerland and the car, the iconic Aston Martin DB5, very possibly one of the best know and most famous cars in the World as James Bonds car, first appearing in the film Goldfinger.
The shoot was for our Aston client and will be used within marketing advertising both in Europe and Asia. …Read the full article here

The legend that is the Shelby GT500


There are many cars that seem to live on forever and still hold our imagination years after leaving production, this can be said for the legend that is the Shelby GT500. The GT500 is one of the best known from the Shelby stable and is very evocative of the era in which it became a working class hero.
We have some recent new work with the Shelby using the mountains of Switzerland as our backdrop for this extraordinary car that still lives on today and is admired by so many people the World over.
A fitting tribute in many ways following the recent death of Carroll Shelby, a passionate man that changed the face of muscle car history. …Read the full article here

Hasselblad 2014 Masters


The Hasselblad Masters Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, each year celebrating the best photographic talent. Masters Awards are given in recognition of a photographer's contribution to the art of photography and are judged on overall photographic ability, encompassing creativity, composition, conceptual strength, and technical skill. Past Masters include both renowned artists of international standing as well as promising newcomers in a wide range of fields and disciplines. Ambient Life photographer Tim Wallace has been invited this year to enter these awards with a body of his automotive car photography and here at Ambient Life we join to wish ever success in this prestigious competition and will keep you advised of his progress for the 2014 awards. …Read the full article here

Car Photography - Lamborghini Dark


The Lamborghini Murcielago may not be everybody's idea of a dream car but there's no mistaking its pedigree as one of the Worlds best known super-cars. Photographer Tim Wallace spent some time with the Murcielago this week to produce a package of images for one of our marketing clients. …Read the full article here