Threw this up on my personal blog just for kicks, but now my buddy and I are thinking of making an ongoing photo-comic series. Could be a fun side project to work on between our different films and shorts.
PRIVATEER: Taka Aono + The Flying 86 [OFFICIAL TRAILER]
Taka Aono is one of a handful of professional drivers in the US to compete in every round of Formula Drift since its inception in 2004. He is, however, the only driver to do so in the same chassis — the Toyota Corolla AE86. As the sport has progressed, the common belief is that the AE86, with its light weight, low horsepower, and short wheelbase, is no longer competitive in professional level drifting. 2012 marked the first year in the history of Formula Drift where there was only one AE86 in the grid at every competitive round — Taka Aono and his Flying 86.
This is a great documentary short film about Jack Olsen’s Porsche 911 RSR. I’m always fascinated by these stories of a lifelong dedication to excellence. From automobiles to film making to music to fashion, true artistry always seems to be an extension of the uncompromising commitment to perfection.
I find it interesting how my earliest work, on a simple, cheap point and shoot Kodak, is still easily some of my best work. A testament to the fact that the equipment doesn’t matter. We worked out of boxes with pinprick holes of light striking a tender piece of film for years and have some of the most marvelous photographs to show for it. The technology will go on. Cameras will become more intense. But while everyone can own a camera, not everyone can be a photographer. Appreciate what you have. Do what you can with what you’ve got.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide...”