2017, Roll 12 – Photographing Mikey’s Citroën

A couple of Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to be invited by Iain to take pictures of our mutual friend Mikey‘s classic Citroën DS. Mikey takes his beautiful car out once a month or so through the winter and the plan was for us to make some pictures of it in darkness, lit by LED streetlights in a similar set up to that which I photographed Iain’s erstwhile Sköda a couple of weeks previously.


Iain and I arrived first and stood chatting, falling silent as the stunning 1970’s creation turned into the street. Nothing else on the road looks quite like it and despite not really being much of a ‘petrol head’, I was looking forward to spending a short time photographing it.

mikey-1-of-7mikey-2-of-7mikey-3-of-7It certainly isn’t a concours standard car, but in my opinion, is all the better for it. The ageing French supermodel bears the scars of a life lived in the metaphorical fast lane, and the bubbles of rust remind her that time waits for no-one. From a distance, the magnificent form of the metallic green body still turns heads, but close up, her dented panels rippled under the harsh lighting, oozing character.


I was also hoping to create a picture to use in the Leicester Lo-Fi Photography Group‘s ‘Glow’ project. The idea is to shoot (analogue, obviously) pictures of people lit by screens as they gaze into them. Anyway, here’s my effort.



Fuji GW690ii, Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100, processed at home in Ilford Ilfotec HC (1:31 for 6 minutes at 18C). The Fuji is a fantastic camera, and combined here with the best film for night-time and low light work, I’m delighted the results and plan to get them printed to give to Mikey…

To see the pictures full-screen, click one of them below and scroll through.

11 thoughts on “2017, Roll 12 – Photographing Mikey’s Citroën

  1. What year is the Citroën? They’re very rare here in the US. I think I’ve only seen one while growing up in southern California.


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