“There are a lot of people out there who call themselves photographers but it takes a certain something to make a great photographer. A keen eye for detail, a sense of composition, and the ability to connect with his or her subject matter. Nick Grant has all of these.”
The chaps at Ray Gun Industries who you may know from the Rad Rods DVDs and T Shirts are launching a magazine call The Raydar.
The launch is going to be at the Ace Cafe on 7th December and I’ll be popping along with some copies of Book of Kool. There will also be some Book of Kool goodies in the raffle. See you there.
Ace Cafe London
North Circular Road
London NW10 7UD
020 8961 1000
Big thanks to the VHRA for a great review of Book of Kool
“This is the first book review on the VHRA site but we’re up for more. If you have anything that you think would appeal to our members and that you would like to see reviewed on the site, please send it on through and we’ll see what we can do for you.
First up is Book of Kool, described on their website as:
“Book of Kool is a photo journal of the UK Kustom and Vintage scene. The cars, the models, the people and the objects that make up the subculture are represented in a medium that reflects the subject matter, from a photographer who is well respected in the genre. Each volume will be limited to just 2000 hand numbered copies. 8 inches tall and 5 inches wide, with 80 pages of black and white photos on cream paper.”
Whilst that does give an overview it doesn’t do any justice to the quality of the photographs contained within. Nick Grant is a familiar face at events throughout the country. The buzz cut wearing, 57 Chevy driving cameraman really does get what’s going on. His pictures truely have a vintage feel to them and everyone of his subject matters just pops right off the page.
The book is very artistic in it’s approach and contains no writing apart from a brief introduction to the world of Kustom Kulture. After that it’s a tirade of pin-ups, hot rods, bikers, performers and all the peripherals that go along with the genre.
Photographs were taken at events such as the Hot Rod Hayride, the Rhythm Riot and various shoots around the the UK. Grab yourself a copy and see if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Book of Kool. Be quick though, Volume 1 is limited to just 2,000 copies.”
Big thank to everyone who continues to buy Book of Kool. Copies have gone out to Sweden, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Ireland and of course the UK. To add to the international flavour, one person who has been in touch is another of the book’s stars, a Polish girl living in London, Malwina. Thanks for sending in some photos of you with Book of Kool Malwina, you’ve given me an idea for a competition, more on that later.
It’s overwhelming when you start to get feedback on something like Book of Kool. You work away in your own way, shooting photos, editing photos, trying to be the best photographer you can, putting the book together, then when you’re happy with it, you put a plan together of how to get it out to people, build a website, set up Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Then the time comes to put yourself out there and make it public.
There’s a bit of you that wonders if no one will buy it or like it and the whole thing has been some delusional waste of time. Then orders come in. Packages get sent and you wait.
Then the generous souls who have been brave enough to buy it are kind enough to say a few words about what they thought when they open it and looked at the photos. Suddenly it all becomes worthwhile. Your support is overwhelming.
Here’s what some of you have been saying (some of these are internet names in case you didn’t guess):
Charlotte Pook (who is in the book) “Hey i received my book this morning ♥ it , its amazing the lay out is beautiful. I ♥ it x”
Brain Damaged “Got home to find Nick Grant’s ‘Book Of Kool, Volume One’ on the doormat. Loving it!! Seriously impressive stuff. It may not be immediately apparent in my FB albums, but your photography is a big inspiration to me. Looking forward to Vol.2 now! ”
Jimmy the Pump “Just had my copy delivered and its cracking stuff…thanks Nick”
Chris Guite “Mine arrived today, great work Nick. ”
BigBossMan “Great collection of imagery and there’s some Johnny Cash in there too which makes it even better”
Big Davey “Mine arrived this morning, really good thanks, hope its a success”
David Williams “10/10 to Mr Grant!”
Satan “mine arrived today, brilliant nick,thanks, it certainly lives up to its name, are you planning vol 2, and so on?”
52 Devon, Gary “Book of Kool arrived today,and is certainly that!”
Robert Hilton-Ash “got my copy of your book today great pics and hope you come to the chelsea cruise on saturday for the haloween special is ment to be a busy night”
Richy Barnett “Arrived today – good work feller! Yeah, it’s spot-on…. great pics and design. Good paper choice too. 10/10!”
By popular demand international shipping options are now available. Just click on Volume 1 above and select the destination as you order.
Thanks so much to everyone who has ordered so far, now people are getting thier orders through the door and there has been some fantastic feeback.
More great news is that Graham and Sue at American Auto Mags are going to be selling Book of Kool. Don’t forget to add a copy to your order next time your picking up the latest mags from the other side of the pond.
I’m very pleased to announce that Jack Hammer Speed Shop will be stocking Book of Kool from November. I’ll be going along to the Tri Chevy meet on 30th October to drop some stock off and check out their new Tri Chevy parts range. Hope to see some of you there.