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Tokyo Photographer Irwin Wong - Nissan Design Center (34)

Car Stuff: Nissan Design Center in Atsugi, Japan

Back in the day, when I was a young whippersnapper in Australia, my friends and I used to have dreams of owning a sweet import Japanese sports car so we could go drifting in the Dandenongs and pretend we were in some mountain drift racing group. We were fucking stupid, now that I think about it. Years later the impulse towards suicidal driving is gone but the love of Japanese cars still remains. Cars like the Toyota Supra or MR-2, Mazda RX-7, Honda S2000 or NSX, Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru WRX, all such automobiles as to set the pulse racing with thoughts of irresponsible speeding and reckless endangerment of other motorists on the rubber-streaked roads of Melbourne, Victoria. High amongst them all though, were the offerings from Nissan: the turbocharged Silvia and the 180SX, the svelte Fairlady Z or best of all, the mighty Godzilla itself, the venerable GTR Skyline. The mere thought of owning such street machines was enough to bring a hotheaded youth to full tumescence. To us, Nissan was the company that made cool, fun, daring …

Restored Nissan GTR

Sometimes I get to shoot some really cool stuff. Like this restored vintage Nissan Skyline GTR for Motorhead magazine, the ‘World’s Greatest Custom Culture Magazine’. I do a surprising amount of work for car magazines – including this piece here for Top Gear magazine. The man in the below photo is Sato-san, the owner of the garage and the one who painstakingly and lovingly has refurbished this extremely old car. Very interesting stuff, always a good lighting challenge and obviously very fun to hang out with people in different fields who are also passionate about their craft. Shooting for car magazines is also a great exercise in discipline for me;  I need to constantly remind myself to keep the car as the center of attention, since my instinct as a portrait photographer is always to focus on the person. Got some really cool stuff coming up soon – I’ve been busy shooting and have a whole grab bag of portraits of cool people waiting to be posted. More later!