vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
- 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here As well as featuring my own work, this blog also features work by other photographers and anything else creative that has caught my attention or inspired me.

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13.12.17

Piaggio Vespa 125 VM1T 'Faro Basso' 1952


Piaggio Vespa 125 VM1T 'Faro Basso' 1952

Photo: © Nick Kuijpers - All rights reserved



Nice shot taken by Nick Kuijpers part of a set taken for Motor Revue magazine - www.motorrevue.nl The composition reminds me a bit of this 35mm film shot I took back in September..

You can see more of Nick's excellent motorcycle photography, including more shots of the above VM1T on his Flickr photostream here and his website below. Thanks for sharing Nick ; )












12.12.17

street of India


street of india


Varanas, the holy city




Beautiful shot here taken by Paolo Gamba







HOLA VESPA - accessories





I recently wrote a post on Bavarian based Hola Vespa who specialise in the maintenance, 'rusteration' and sometimes restoration of the Spanish Motovespas they import - one of a few companies working mainly, if not solely with Spanish vespas. By way of thanks, owner Bernd Kirschner sent me some stickers and this very nice key ring - perfect for carrying my '71 Motovespa GT160 keys.. muchas gracias/vielen dank Bernd ; )






If you're on the hunt for original Motovespa accessories, then give Bernd a shout at Hola Vespa who also has a great looking instagram page which you can see here - www.instagram.com/holavespa/















2.12.17

First Frost


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Near home is a small open field which I skirt the top edge of most mornings, with our German Shepherd on the way up to neighbouring woods and fields. Situated next door to Council owned allotments, this small field has in previous years been cut back around mid-late August; which is always a bit sad as it seems to hasten summer drawing to a close. This year for some reason, the long grass remained and went un-cut, which pleased me anyway, allowing me to hang on to the thought of summer for a while longer..

Possessing a photographer's eye of sorts; I spend a fair amount of time considering how best to frame/compose what's in front of me. Anyhow, I hoped the long grass would stay until the first frost of winter so I could capture it on film, frozen and illuminated by the sun on a clear day. Such a morning arrived in mid-late November and was the perfect opportunity to shoot on 35mm film what I'd been imagining for the past few months..

Above is the field in question, taken before the sun had risen above the distant tree line, with shots below from the nearby woods and fields in Tring and Dancers End..



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...before returning home and back past the small field, with the long grass now beginning to defrost under the rising sun..



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An 'earworm' that is often working it's way around my head, is Simon & Garfunkel's beautiful song, 'April She Will Come'  - perfectly capturing the coming of spring with it's fresh hope, before the loss of summer's end...



Mid-late November 2017

Olympus OM-2N
Zuiko F/1.4
Fuji Superia 35mm film


More 35mm film observations in my scrapbook album here







Goodbye Autumn


Goodbye Autumn
© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved



Goodbye Autumn
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Mid-November 2017

Olympus OM-2N
Zuiko F/1.4
Fuji Superia 35mm film


Last film shots of Autumn - the perfect colour scoot for this season...

There's no substitute for film - more of my vespa photos taken on film here














22.11.17

Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


Some seriously nice photos all taken by Bernd Kirschner, the guy behind Hola Vespa 

Based in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Southern Germany, Bernd established Hola Vespa some 10 years ago and specialises in the sales, maintenance and refreshing of original paint/condition Spanish vespas. There are not too many working solely with Motovespas and is nice to see Bernd has followed his passion and made a success of it. Judging by the quality of vespas he imports; he must have some good contacts and currently has a few Motovespa GT160s that have come in and are up for sale - so get in touch with Bernd if you're interested..



©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa



Well known in the European scene, it's reassuring to hear Bernd say that restoration is the last resort  - I couldn't agree more!

As well as being in possession of a decent set of mechanical and engineering skills, you can see Bernd is also very adept with a camera. Being mad about original paint scooters and photography myself, nice to see someone so talented at both..!!
































21.11.17

Autumn ride


Autumn ride



Mild but wet yesterday - nice opportunity for a ride through the leafy Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; the colourful Autumnal leaf displays complementing the orange of my Motovespa GT160...


20.11.18 - taken with iPhone 5S











El Rastro, Madrid


El Rastro, Madrid





Always like seeing the excellent vespa shots taken by Dido Mihajlov this being his latest, for more of the same, see Dido's vespa album here

Thanks as ever for sharing Dido ; )






Essex Vintage Vespa Club 1-day rideout


Essex Vespa 1-day event




Essex Vintage Vespa Club are staging a 1-day rideout on 8th July 2018. Starting out at 10am near Pilgrims Hatch, just outside of Brentwood, Essex.

This is for all classic, geared vespas (models up to 1977). It is a free event, so no fees and is open to all vintage vespa fans with pre-'77 bikes. Would be great to see some overseas vespisti as well as from UK. There will be numerous stop-offs along the scenic route for coffee, lunch etc. I'll be going, hope to see you there..

For full details email Warren Jopson: wjvespa@gmail.com

Essex Vintage Vespa Club Facebook page here - www.facebook.com/groups/368813816785068/




Douglas Vespa 92L2 shot with my Olympus OM-2N on Kodak Portra 35mm film - www.vespamore.com





18.11.17

MY GENERATION - book review





"The GT is now the fastest and most eye-catchingly gorgeous transport in West London and looks very cool when matched with the new wine red, hand-made, full length, leather coat from Harry Fenton's and the silver-grey mohair suit. You'll know me when you see me!"


Author Dave Dry kindly sent me a review copy of his book, My Generation. Dave was an 'original mod' back in the Sixties and his tome tells the story of his teenage exploits, with him beginning his scootering on a Vespa GS150 before moving on to the aforementioned GT, or Lambretta TV200 and ending up on a brand new Lambretta SX200 by the end of the book.

Born as I was in the early '70s, I came along too late for this era and also missed out on the Mod Revival, being just seven in 1979 when Franc Roddam's film Quadrophenia was released, eventually getting my first scooter (Vespa T5 Millenium) in 1999. My elder brother jumped aboard during the '80s though with his parka, eyeliner, Who, Jam and Nine Below Zero records etc. My younger ears became attuned to these sounds at the time and I've enjoyed a lot of them in the intervening years and still do now occasionally; seeing Paul Weller at Brixton Academy when he toured the excellent Stanley Road album. Although I have an affinity with much of the music, the clothing and general peacock strutting that goes with Mod never really did it for me and still doesn't. I can appreciate the design and quality though; particularly having spent 6 years at art college, before spending my career to date, selling ridiculously expensive, but seriously nice 20th Century/modern Italian, Scandinavian and German furniture. Also having been heavily into film photography since 2006 I have a keen, creative eye, am very particular about what I like and have been riding classic geared vespa scooters for the last 18 years. Owning a classic scooter definitely has a 'pose factor' and much as I may protest I have to include myself as a poser, albeit a slightly 'quieter' one  - or at least I hope..!

Grateful as I was to Dave for sending me a copy; I was fairly ambivalent about whether I'd enjoy it. However, it did win me over and since I returned to the train for winter commuting (not wanting to subject my pride & joy to the UK's road salt), I've spent the last week reading Dave's book.

My Generation begins with a slightly over-long and apologetic introduction, which seems an attempt at absolution by Dave, for the book's tone and at times colourful language. This is very much written from a male perspective, which Dave is at pains to point out and suggests on more than a few occasions it is not for female readers; not wanting to offend them. Male banter, the type you would know and expect from a late teenager is rife throughout the text but interestingly told from the mid-1960s, which gave it historical context and added interest, for me anyway. Given the outdated prevailing attitudes are of their time; I think most readers and even female readers will cut Dave some slack on this. As he readily admits, there is not much in the way of a plot; more an amalgamation of short stories and recollections. This can be mildly confusing; particularly when Eel Pie Island features twice; the second time as though the first occasion hadn't been previously mentioned. These assorted tales revolve mostly around Dave's scooters, clothing, music, friends, family and occasional and formative early liaisons with the opposite sex. Some of these stories will raise a smile; at times funny and self-depreciating with Dave and his mates mostly the butt of the humour. Dave does have a poetic turn of phrase which I enjoyed reading and brought the sights, sounds and smells of 1960s London vividly to life in his descriptive prose, although some are perhaps too often repeated. I would say anyone with a passing interest in classic scooters, Mod culture, London and the 'Swinging Sixties' which applies to virtually all of you reading this, will find something to like in Dave's book.

Published by Suave Collective, MY GENERATION is priced at £9.99 and available to order online via their website here - www.suavecollective.co.uk

Hats off to Dave on his book; it is an achievement by any standard. He quotes the often stated "everyone has a book in them" but as we know, how many of us get to realise it... so congratulations Dave!

Dave is still riding classic scooters and is currently the owner/rider of another 'ultimate Mod scooter' - the GS160 as you can see pictured below, before Dave set off for this year's Isle of Wight scooter rally..







Thanks to Dave for the book copy - much appreciated ; ) 















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