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Looking back – Best of 2012

When I started ‘Zero Promises‘ back in February of 2012, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted this website to be. After spending almost a year photographing various JDMST and Hardtuned events, my biggest initial motivation for creating this website was simply to ensure that I maintained control of any hosted images I shared on forums. Beyond that though, I really didn’t know what I was doing.

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Since 2012, a great deal has changed in my life. I finished uni, changed jobs, changed life goals, moved home, spent lots of money, worked on cars and even went back to japan for a holiday. However what came as a bit of a surprise to me was that through it all, this site still stands.

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More than that though, having the site and treating it more like a job than a hobby has really allowed me to focus on my photography, and force myself to learn more about the art form …

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And make some great friends.

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Taking the camera out of the bag to cover events has been generally awesome as well.

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Motivating me to get out of the house and experience events that I might otherwise have stayed at home for.

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The series of short track events at QR are probably a good case in point, often placed on a friday night right after I finished uni, and running well into the time I should have been using to prepare for my Saturday job.

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Still, looking back I’m so glad I was there, not only to capture the events …

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But also to immortalize some of the cars that were around back then.

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As well as Iconic cars that made their way up for one off events.

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Not to mention going home and seeing some of the brilliant lucky shots I might have made.

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Even carpark events proved to be great fun, learning how to shoot without a tripod.

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And to begin capturing people more and more within the images, adding life to an otherwise sterile scene. Admittedly, something I’m still working on to this day.

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More than all of that though, my new attitude to photography really made me change the way I viewed my camera. Rather than something that I only took out for events, the camera started traveling with me wherever I went. The upshot was shoots like this, a random car just parked on the road that I might have otherwise missed. And, chances are If i didn’t jump out and start snapping, I might not have ever met Zach the owner, which would have sucked.

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Or god forbid, never seen Rob’s Super Six!

So … what’s all this leading to? Keep an eye on the page to find out.

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