vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
- 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here As well as featuring my own work, this blog also features work by other photographers and anything else creative that has caught my attention or inspired me.

RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS
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29.12.14

Gran Lusso

Gran Lusso


Leandro e Stefania


I got my latest film developed today which included the shots I took on a visit to Retrospective Scooters earlier in December, where I met up with vespamore fan Leandro Leanza and his girlfriend, Stefania Carapezza - see previous posts here and here

Other than spending a pleasant morning with Leandro, the highlight of this visit was this mostly original Vespa GL150 - to see the full album, click here

www.vespamore.com

www.retrospectivescooters.com


23.12.14

Feliz Navidad

#Alcañiz  Nuestro Papa Noel en vespa y sidecar.


Great shot by José Antonio Bardají and very appropriate !!

I'll be taking a festive sabbatical with Mrs vespamore over the next few days and will pick up again in the new year. Until then, Merry Christmas one and all, thanks for all your support in 2014 and wishing you all a healthy and happy 2015 - safe riding ; )

www.vespamore.com


Officina Super Sprint

#officinasupersprint #Vespa #vespat5 #bmw #bmwmotorrad #garage #automotive #bike #Lambretta


Great shot from Italian collective, Officina Super Sprint; liking the pose and attitude in this ...

www.officinasupersprint.it




20.12.14

Paolo Gamba

group of little indians


veespa


vespindia


I came across these awesome shots by Zurich based Italian Architect-Photographer, Paolo Gamba taken in India.

Paolo has been generous enough to let me feature them here on vespamore and share them with you lucky people ..!

Check out more of Paolo's work on his Flick stream here - www.flickr.com/photos/abukij


Et scootErs

Et scootErs


Discovered this hidden away Chelsea scooter shop recently.

I think they sell more modern auto vespas than classics, with one or two token cool classics like this Sprint in the window. With a workshop under the shop, re-sprays are offered, so I guess you could get your classic scoot sorted if required, more details on their website here - www.etscooters.co.uk

Foto taken through shop window on iphone with 'instant' filter applied.

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Classic Cool


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PX

PX


I pass this silver PX every day on my walk from the Tube station to work in London. Nothing that remarkable about it really but always nice to see a classic geared vespa.

Took this on iPhone and messed about with effects; not that keen on doing this but as it was grey and overcast I didn't want to waste a film frame on it. I'll attempt it again on film when the light is better..

www.vespamore.com


Butcher Garage - Vespa Scooters - S2production

15.12.14

vespamore xmas

vespamore xmas


It's not too late to order your copy of my 35mm film photography books, Retrospective Scooters and Retrospective Cycles for Xmas, if you're quick - www.vespamore.bigcartel.com




12.12.14

AbrollernAugsburg2014

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Outstanding shot!! Excellent image of my German vespista pal Leo on board Ralf Jodl's gorgeous blu pavone SS180. I got to play on this beautiful Super Sport when I visited Ralf, Leo & S.I.P. Scootershop in Landsberg, Bavaria in 2012, see here


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Ralf ... by Ralf

Check out SIP's full Abrollern album here fotos by Ralf Jodl.

www.sip-scootershop.com


Brothers for Life

Retrospective visit



Yours truly captured by Leandro Leanza during last Monday's visit to Retrospective Scooters, see previous post Nice shot below also by Leandro, of this 50 Special with round headset fitted, replacing the square original headset. I would have kept the square headset myself but this is what the customer wanted. I took this lovely light blue 50 Special a few years ago in town, see here Loving the moody black & white vespa parts shot, I think this is great!






More of Leandro's photography on his Flickr photostream here also if you're on Facebook check out Leandro's Vespa - Sig. PX blog.

I'll post my own 35mm film shots from Monday's Retrospective visit with Leandro & Stefania when I finish my current film and get it developed.


11.12.14

Cushman GS150 VS5





Recently been in touch with the owner of this beautiful, rare Cushman GS150 VS5, which came about as said discerning owner just ordered a copy of my latest Retrospective Scooters book I actually shot this original paint GS on 35mm film back in May this year, when it was in for some maintenance at Retrospective Scooters. I really wish I'd seen this before completing the second edition of my vespa book, as it would have made a great inclusion; definitely one for the next book ...

The owner tells me that apparently only five hundred GS150 VS5s were badged as Cushman for the American market and seemingly as few as eight or less are currently now over here in the UK. This example was originally sold by the Boston Vespa Company, located off Commonwealth Avenue.

So nice to see this hasn't been stripped, shotblasted and re-painted when it's perfect as it is and retains its unique history and provenance.

I hope to get some more film shots of this lovely GS at some point in the near future but in the meantime you can see the shots I took earlier this year - here

Thanks to the owner for these photos and details and of course for letting me feature his GS on the vespamore blog ; )

www.vespamore.com

www.vespamore.bigcartel.com

www.retrospectivescooters.com


Flashlight



Liking this latest Bonobo track ..

www.bonobomusic.com


Scoot blues ..



Missing my vespa ... currently at Retrospective Scooters awaiting fitting of new engine mounts and a couple of other minor bits.


8.12.14

Io, Leandro e Stefania

Io, Leandro e Stefania


Visited Retrospective Scooters today, my favourite classic scooter haunt. Haven't been for a while and met up with Italian friends Leandro Leanza and his other half, Stefania Carapezza. Like me, Sicilian Leandro, (hailing from Palermo, as does Stefania), is mad about classic vespas and photography.

These guys have recently moved to London and have been meaning to show Leandro around Retrospective for a while. Armed with his film & digital cameras and accompanied by Stefania, Leandro met me for coffee to chat vespas, Italia, life etc .. before having a root around the Aladdin's Cave that is Retrospective Scooters and of course to take some photos.

More to follow on this when Leandro & I get our films developed from today's shoot, watch this space...

In the meantime, you can see some of Leandro's excellent analogue and digital photography on his Flickr photostream - here

Cheers to Niall at Retrospective - www.retrospectivescooters.com

www.vespamore.com


7.12.14

vespa couple

#vespa #couple


Great shot by Duc Le seen on Tuấn's Flickr stream, taken in Vietnam at a guess ..




vespanning

image


Brilliant panning shot by engoplus, it's pretty difficult to pull off a good panning shot like this ..




5.12.14

1956

                               
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4.12.14

Laurent Callot Photographies







































Another fantastic shot from Laurent Callot via his FB page - here

Laurent has impeccable style and a great eye for a shot; I like his take on classic scooter pin-up shots which I think are classy, rather than tacky like many other attempts at this kind of shot ...

Scooter & style


Great shot by Laurent Callot, very cool, great style, looks like a Lambretta LD, here's an LD I shot on film in London a few years back.

I've featured Laurent's work on here before, see more of his excellent photography on his Flickr photostream - here & FB page - here



Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Cool double exposure taken by Sarah Hung in Taiwan


29.11.14

'69 E-Type

'69 E Type


'69 E Type


'69 E Type


Back under cover & out of the rain. 1969 E-Type Jaguar coupé taken on iPhone last night at G.Grace & Son Motor Engineers.

More of my classic car shots here, all taken on 35mm film.


I love nosing around old car garages and workshops like this, such great atmosphere, sights and smells etc...


www.vespamore.com



28.11.14

1967 Vespa Super: Washing day

The Scooterist 2


Liking this film shot by Đá Nguyễn aka The Scooterist, see post here on The Scooterist blog.

www.thescooterist.com


Northern Soul - the film



I watched this the other night; if you haven't already seen Northern Soul, I can definitely recommend it.

I read Scootering magazine's interview with the film's creator/writer/director Elaine Constantine and didn't envy the long struggle she endured and overcame to get this film made. However, this makes the production all the more admirable and is a massive achievement I think. Apparently, many actors & extras gave their time for free to keep costs down, as well as Elaine getting help from generous friends investing their time to help out.

The lead character's whole 'going on a journey' and 'coming of age' did remind me very slightly of Jimmy's experience in Quadropehenia. Although, Phil Daniels' character begins & ends the film as a mod, if somewhat disillusioned by the end. Conversely, Elliot Langridge plays a young man introduced to Northern Soul through his local youth club and a persuasive mentor and is gradually drawn deeper by an increasing love of the music and scene. Some folk have dwelled on the drug use in this film; you do see a fair amount of amphetamines being passed around but don't most music movements/scenes seem to go hand in hand with the latest drug of choice? I guess the drugs were/are there for those wanting to seek them out, anyway I don't think it detracts from the film. The story line is quite straight forward but for me not having been old enough to be there, I thought the attention to detail in creating the scene with the music, the period clothes and general malaise affecting everyday life in mid-seventies northern England, was excellent. This a welcome departure from the usual Hollywood fodder we are often fed, I'll definitely be watching it again - soon!

Check out the trailer below ..



www.northernsoulthefilm.com

Northern Soul the film FB page - www.facebook.com/northernsoulthefilm


Adi's vespa


Nice shot of his vespa sent in by Adi Kurniawan, taken in Klaten, Indonesia - thanks Adi!

Am always happy to display fotos of your vespas on vespamore blog, I only ask your shots are well composed like this one from Adi. You can send images to me via email here - vespamore@hotmail.co.uk


25.11.14

"All I want for Christmas ..."

"All I want for Christmas ..."


Lovely Ferrari 275GTB at HR Owen Ferrari Atelier in Knightsbridge, London I shot this afternoon on iPhone.

Getting back to what I love; here are some of my best classic car shots all taken on 35mm film, including a beautiful silver Ferrari 275GTB, see - here


"All I want for Christmas ..."


One Vespa Leads To Another

Retrospective Scooters - order your copy for Xmas

Retrospective Scooters - 1st & 2nd Edition Books - Photography by Paul Hart


Fed up getting the 'same old, same old' each year for Xmas ..? You can still order your copy of the second edition of my Retrospective Scooters book in time for 25th December, or get your requests in with your nearest and dearest...

"Over 70% of the photographs featured in the second edition are new with the book comprised of three pictorial chapters:
1 - 'Retrospective Scooters' (new & old shots taken at the North London dealer's new & former premises, some of which featured in the first edition),
2 - 'Collections' (all new shots taken of two separate Vespa collections, giving an intriguing insight into the compulsive yet fascinating world of Vespa collectors).
3 - 'Scooters' (all new feature shots of well chosen individual Vespas).
Vespas featured in the new book include, three Douglas Rod models, two GS160 MK1 (one in original paint supplied by Eddie Grimstead), three 90SS (one still in its original blue pavone paint, supplied by Arthur Francis) three SS180, two GS150 VS1, GS150 VS2, Douglas 92L2 and Motovespa GT160."



Priced at £29.50 plus postage + packing - Retrospective Scooters has been entirely photographed by yours truly (Paul Hart) on 35mm film and is available to order securely online with PayPal via link here - www.vespamore.bigcartel.com


                                                                           
RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS (2nd Edition)




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