Event: 24 hours of Le Mans
Series: FIA World Endurance Championship
Location: Circuit de la Sarthe, France
Date: 15 – 19 June 2016
It’s probably the most famous race in the world. The spectacular 24 Hours of Le Mans is an enormous test of mechanical and physical endurance, pitting teams against one full revolution of the clock. From space-age hybrid machines from the likes of Porsche, Audi and Toyota, helmed with precision by factory drivers, to “gentleman drivers” thrashing around in track-prepared versions of road-going sports cars, the race itself is quite unlike anything else – and that’s after an extraordinary week of build-up activities.
Most drivers who compete at Le Mans call it, quite simply, the best race in the world. And so too do many of the photographers who get to shoot there. The length of the race itself incorporates for plenty of track time, which allows plenty of experimentation with angles, light and weather, while the nostalgic charm of the circuit creates a bizarre juxtaposition of the old and the new: classic old-school armco framing high-tech, alien-looking creations. Plus, the sport’s habit of running several events in the town itself integrates the race with its fans in a way many other series can only dream about, offering plenty of opportunity for photographers to snap drivers interacting with the passionate army of Le Mans fans who turn up every year.
Spacesuit’s artistic director Shiv Gohil has definitely been bitten by the Le Mans bug. We were commissioned directly by top drivers Nico Prost and Bruno Senna to shoot for them at the event, along with technology supplier bf1systems and racing team Abu Dhabi Proton Racing. Just a few snaps from the week are displayed here, showing off the range of styles and types of shot we gather for our clients. As well as the highly artistic wall-poster-style photos, we also mix in some documentary shots as well as “hero” portraiture, giving our clients the widest possible portfolio for all types of communication work.
It’s not hard to tell why photographers and drivers love returning to this place year after year. Should you like to work with us at Le Mans, simply use the Contact Us page here at our site to start a conversation. We’ll see you again in 2017, Circuit de la Sarthe!