Rat Rods, Rust and Rockabilly Rides (and related stuff that doesn’t alliterate).
When and how did you become an artist?
Well, this is the first time I’ve exhibited my photos. I’ve been taking snaps almost as long as I can remember, but a formal photographic education was part of my BA (Hons) in Graphic Design in the pre-digital days of the mid-’90s. I often feel the tension between living in the moment, enjoying the real-time experience, and the equally-strong drive (compulsion?) to ‘pin it down’ in pictures – and photography is the most immediate way of doing that. Though I do use Photoshop in my regular job, for my own stuff I generally prefer to simply record the raw reality of what I’m actually seeing and the only ‘editing’ involved is how I choose to select and crop my subjects – to my mind that’s what photography is all about. Does that make me an artist?
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
I’m passionate about many kinds of music, but I find the current Rockabilly/Psychobilly scene most exciting, and a very big part of that culture is the cars. They are BEAUTIFUL. So I’ve been snapping away at various rock’n’roll weekenders, gigs, the Ace Cafe, and sundry random locations, trying to capture the rebel spirit of these mobile works of art and their owners/creators. There are loads of different style genres and sub-genres within this loose collection of people who gather together because they love the music – and that goes for their motors too. I find this fascinating. So my photographs range from ‘Fins & Chrome’ (mostly American cars from the 1950s, sometimes maintained in period-perfect condition) – to diverse kinds of ‘Rat Rods’ (individually-built or customized vehicles that go like the Devil); plus shots of the people associated with them (and in some instances, their pets too!). As a garage proprietor’s daughter, I was sent on a motor vehicle maintenance course in my late teens, simply to save my poor Dad the stress of having to teach a woman how to change a wheel. I didn’t get much further than that. Now, I can just about spot a V8, but my interest in the vehicles featured in my photographs is aesthetic, rather than mechanical. But I am impressed and inspired by the sculptural ingenuity of their makers – from the historic architect of the ‘forward look’, Chrysler’s Virgil Exner, and ’59 Caddy stylist, GM’s Harley Earl – to today’s unique individuals; the rat-rodders and racers whose custom creations reflect their personalities, skills, and style allegiances – and need for speed. And, of course, I’m inspired and astounded by the amazing skills of the ‘pin-stripers’ who paint their intricate linear designs on the cars and trucks’ custom-rusted surfaces entirely freehand. Marvellous!
Tell us your favourite joke... :-D
I’m rubbish at telling jokes. Actually, I can’t think of any clean ones. Can I tell you my favourite Harry Enfield/Paul Whitehouse sketch instead? It’s called “Women: Know Your Limits” and it’s worth looking up on You Tube for the spoof information graphics and 1940s-style voice-over (‘she cannot take in complicated information: she becomes frantically and absurdly deranged!’). Yep, that’s me. Also, its sister-sketch: “Women: For Pity’s Sake, Don’t Drive” – recognize myself in that one too!
To Contact Ginny:
Telephone: 07737 788448