I like photo contests that start and end in a one month period because I don’t want to wait a year to find out I lost again. Toyo Tires (of Japan) holds an annual summer contest to promote car culture, photography and of course Toyo Tires. This year they tweaked the rules and required all entries be shot in black & white. I was instantly on board thinking that I might finally have an edge in the competition because of my experience and understanding of black and white images.
Many people think that B&W photography is just photography without color. They are mistaken. B&W photography is about contrast and shapes. It’s about simplicity. It allows you to see deeper into an image and makes establishing a connection with that image easier. All this is possible because frankly, colour can be a distraction.
But what subject am I going to shoot? I have never purchased Toyo tires nor do I know anybody who has an interesting car that might be shod with Toyo tires. But the rules never stipulate that you have to shoot …. a real car with real tires. This would be the most dynamic application of forced perspective photography yet.
It is quite common for a lot of commercial print photography ad work to be accomplished with miniature models because of the efficiency and financial economy that ensues. So I began looking for a 1:18 scale model with a Toyo Tires tie in.
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