John Jackson Photographs his Love of Cars

"Just when you think, you know, you should be jaded and everything, somebody builds something new and really cool."


You want a textbook case of how to use a camera and a few lights to channel your passion? Just watch this video.

Oh, and to John Jackson, if you are reading this, the beers are on me next time you swing down through the Baltimore/DC area.

Check out John's portfolio, here.



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Blogger August Miller said...

Met John Jackson at a car show in Lehi, Utah on May 19th of this year. Even in a field of over 400 cars from Ferrari's to Cadillac's his car stood out to me like an oasis in the desert and when I looked inside and saw all the signatures and photos of his work, I knew I had found something special. Had a wonderful conversation with a very down to earth and genuinely talented photographer. So glad you are giving him some love on Strobist! And Mr. Jackson if you are reading this, safe travels.

July 13, 2012 11:20 PM  
Blogger martybugs said...

Inspiring stuff.
John has a great collection of photos in his portfolio - and I love his van!

July 14, 2012 4:22 AM  
Blogger NotStock Photo said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words on our work a lot of really talented individuals work really hard building there dreams to make us look good......... They deserve the majority of the credit.
......I am in Wisconsin till Wednesday and will be in the DC/Maryland are the end of next week..........that's actually where the van was painted then driven 2300 miles to the SEMA show last year.

Thanks again everyone for the support I hope to have a updated website up next week..........

July 14, 2012 7:43 AM  
Blogger David said...

The film was magic, but do yourself a favor and click through to his website. Stunning work!

July 14, 2012 10:12 AM  
Blogger Heather Nilson said...

Thanks for sharing this. Loved the video and the images on the site. What a gorgeous portfolio.

July 14, 2012 12:57 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Gorgeous work - in fact it merits a column or two if John ever wants to share some of his techniques.

July 14, 2012 2:17 PM  
Blogger Reed said...

Great Stuff John...

Especially loved the photo of Kylie racing her dad - What a look of concentration, determination, and focus, with dad beaming in the background. Not to mention the way cool soapbox racer...

That pix is definately worth way more than a thousand words.

Gotta ask 'bout the van - Is that a Chevy Corvair van? I was wondering since it had those airvents in the rear panels

July 14, 2012 3:48 PM  
Blogger m photography - melanie rebane said...

So in love with this...So inspired to take on more personal projects...I love his quiet passion and the fact that he supports so many other passionate coolL!

July 14, 2012 4:35 PM  
Blogger Jim Mucklin said...

Thanks John for sharing a part of your adventure, maybe sometime you could share some of your "how to's" or setups to help some of your fans.

July 14, 2012 7:34 PM  
Blogger Heipel said...

Some called the video "magic" and it is. Reason? We get to meet, simply, a lovely man. And then you go through to his website and see the outcome of his kicking some butt with his camera. Thanks for sharing David. I hope you get to buy John that beer!

July 14, 2012 7:48 PM  
Blogger Muggsy said...

David- kudos for posting this video! I've been following John's work, and his travels, for a while and love his style. I find myself analyzing the set ups using the knowledge that i've read on your site. I got to have a brief conversation with John at the Detroit Autorama and he's very nice, down to earth and a pleasure to talk to.

July 14, 2012 11:24 PM  
Blogger Surly said...

I've been following NotStockPhotography on FB for a while now. His work is amazing. Thank you for more automotive content on Strobist. John also does motorcycles (my first love) and his comments about wedding photogs notwithstanding, his wedding work is pretty great. More cars and motorcycles Mr. Hobby. If it's relevant perhaps you could feature more guys like Mark Kawakami.

July 15, 2012 12:03 PM  
Blogger NYSTAN said... are one hell of an impassioned mother...and thank you for sharing your work.

July 15, 2012 12:14 PM  
OpenID sethjacobson said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful work! Really inspiring!

July 15, 2012 8:48 PM  
Blogger rob marshall said...

A very inspiring and interesting video. As for John's images on his website, I'm torn between envy and admiration. I think admiration wins.

July 16, 2012 6:16 AM  
Blogger BdgBill said...

Great video. I have always admired people who have figured out a way to do exactly what they want to do 100% of the time (I type this as I get ready to enter the carpeted box I exist in for 50 hours per week..sigh).

July 16, 2012 7:34 AM  
Blogger lil' biatch said...

My two worlds collide!!! I have long been a John Jackson fan...since the days when he was known as AcroChicken. I have been following David for the last few years now. Glad to see Strobist give NotStock Photo some love!! John's photography is outstanding and has been inspiration to me in trying to do some automotive photography of my own.

July 16, 2012 11:26 AM  
Blogger cowgirl said...

thanks for sharing.

July 16, 2012 2:27 PM  
Blogger MSGDLD said...

Wow. Great work and cool van John. As a car guy and photographer, I really like your Corvair Van, and your desire to use it for what it was designed for- driving! I try to drive the wheels off my MGs. As a serious amateur photographer with a love of any vehicle with an engine and wheels, I appreciate the difficulty of photographing cars, and your fantastic pictures. I love the brooding look. Do you have to use Photoshop for all those great skies?

Dave- As others have mentioned, I'd like to see more on photographing cars/bikes/trucks/whatever as well. THANK YOU for your great blog, it has so much info and inspiration!

July 21, 2012 8:04 PM  

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