You Can Have Any Colour as Long as it's Black!

As an avid driver myself I have always been keen to be interested in the fanfare that can surround the car, enthusiastic owners for who the car makes up a large part of their identity and passion. To me it is a fascinating phenomenon, how a machine can bring so much joy to a person. Whether it is tinkering away at a car days after days. ooring the 911 on the highway and having your body thrusted back into the seat or making conversation in random gas stations because people are curious about your Soviet motorcycles there is an undeniable addiction that these machines can infect a person with. Throughout the course of this project I also got the chance to drive and be driven in some of these machines and I understand why such excitement around these objects occurs. It’s just that I, like most people, do not actually dare to go and buy, maintain and deal with actually owning a bunch of cars or motorcycles.

So in the end, my project is about people who have decided to go fuck it and live out their fascinations with cars despite it being totally impractical. None of these people would have it any other way and that might sound like stubbornness to some but I personally nd that act to be rather liberating. What I try to do is give a little glimpse into their world, portray it in a similar way to what I think they see it as.

Joris Bergsma   Joris was the first person I met on my journey of photographing this project. He was very generous to let me into his garage and share with me his two cars, a 1928 Amilcar CGSs and a 1924 Ford Model T. The Amilcar he referred to as the "poor mans Bugatti" and the 1928 equivalent of the Mazda MX-5. When I heard him talk about cars like this I knew he was a real car guy, I mean Mazda Miata references don't get thrown about by snobby collector types. It was fascinating to see Joris' garage as he works on his cars himself and it was great to go on a ride in the Model T, an experience that would have first happened almost 100 years ago.

Joris Bergsma

Joris was the first person I met on my journey of photographing this project. He was very generous to let me into his garage and share with me his two cars, a 1928 Amilcar CGSs and a 1924 Ford Model T. The Amilcar he referred to as the "poor mans Bugatti" and the 1928 equivalent of the Mazda MX-5. When I heard him talk about cars like this I knew he was a real car guy, I mean Mazda Miata references don't get thrown about by snobby collector types. It was fascinating to see Joris' garage as he works on his cars himself and it was great to go on a ride in the Model T, an experience that would have first happened almost 100 years ago.

Gunnar Kotiesen   Shortly after starting the project I travelled to Estonia and in a town where my grandfather has lived for most of my life I met Gunnar, a pastor of the local church and avid fan of Soviet motorcycles and cars. This was an interesting parallel to me and Gunnar was probably the person that I am still most fascinated by after finishing the project and would like to go back to photograph again. His obsession of motorcycles and cars and basically anything with an engine was fascinating but I also see a much larger side to him, his dedication to the church and his community was quite remarkable and something I would like to learn about more.

Gunnar Kotiesen

Shortly after starting the project I travelled to Estonia and in a town where my grandfather has lived for most of my life I met Gunnar, a pastor of the local church and avid fan of Soviet motorcycles and cars. This was an interesting parallel to me and Gunnar was probably the person that I am still most fascinated by after finishing the project and would like to go back to photograph again. His obsession of motorcycles and cars and basically anything with an engine was fascinating but I also see a much larger side to him, his dedication to the church and his community was quite remarkable and something I would like to learn about more.

Jose van Riele   The next person I photographed for "You can have any colour as long as it's black" was Jose, a fellow photographer and biggest Volvo fan in the world. After her parents always owning Volvos, she has continued the tradition and never had she had another brand of car in her life. Currently she drives a Volvo 850R, mostly known to car people as the ultimate Volvo sleeper. It was wonderful to spend time with Jose and get a sense of the excitement that stems from owning cool cars.

Jose van Riele

The next person I photographed for "You can have any colour as long as it's black" was Jose, a fellow photographer and biggest Volvo fan in the world. After her parents always owning Volvos, she has continued the tradition and never had she had another brand of car in her life. Currently she drives a Volvo 850R, mostly known to car people as the ultimate Volvo sleeper. It was wonderful to spend time with Jose and get a sense of the excitement that stems from owning cool cars.

 
Paul de Keijzer   Paul is single handedly responsible for getting me addicted to Porsches. He was kind enough to let me into his life for a short time and let me experience what the Porsche dream is all about. Can't say I blame him for owning a few.

Paul de Keijzer

Paul is single handedly responsible for getting me addicted to Porsches. He was kind enough to let me into his life for a short time and let me experience what the Porsche dream is all about. Can't say I blame him for owning a few.

Maurice   I didn't know Maurice at all up until the moment I was photographing him, I left a letter on his cool red 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280se and he actually responded so we met for a little bit and took some photos. To be honest I was kind of speechless while shooting and I wasn't sure what to make of what just happened, it turned out he was a former model and quasi-singer. He was a man of show and although that's not what I was looking for with this project it's a fun tale to tell now that the project is finished. 

Maurice

I didn't know Maurice at all up until the moment I was photographing him, I left a letter on his cool red 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280se and he actually responded so we met for a little bit and took some photos. To be honest I was kind of speechless while shooting and I wasn't sure what to make of what just happened, it turned out he was a former model and quasi-singer. He was a man of show and although that's not what I was looking for with this project it's a fun tale to tell now that the project is finished. 

Robert Babeliowsky   Robert is a real classic Alfa Romeo guy, he's a perfectionist, he takes his obsession seriously and works on his cars in a very meticulous way. When he restores an old Alfa it will get restored fully to its showroom glory, without exceptions - if there was a sticker on the brakes master cylinder it's going to be there when he's done with it. Can't say I would ever take restoring a car that seriously myself but I undoubtedly respect the craftsmanship that Robert puts into his work, he has his way of doing things which I find extremely important.

Robert Babeliowsky

Robert is a real classic Alfa Romeo guy, he's a perfectionist, he takes his obsession seriously and works on his cars in a very meticulous way. When he restores an old Alfa it will get restored fully to its showroom glory, without exceptions - if there was a sticker on the brakes master cylinder it's going to be there when he's done with it. Can't say I would ever take restoring a car that seriously myself but I undoubtedly respect the craftsmanship that Robert puts into his work, he has his way of doing things which I find extremely important.