It’s hard to think that the winner of the inaugural #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER award has only been taking automotive related photographs for about a year. Yet, by consistently delivering high quality images he has become a regular #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER contributor. From California, meet Jordan Adkins…
Hello everyone! My name is Jordan Adkins and I’m a freelance photographer located in Southern California. I began my venture into automotive photography back in early 2012 and I had no idea how far this journey would take me.
One of the things I’ve always tried to do is make sure I attend as many meets or shows as possible. I had attended a show in Long Beach prior to making the drive back down to Los Angeles where this photo was taken.
The perspective and small bit of sunlight hitting the roof of this Civic makes for an interesting photo.
Shortly after Formula D Long Beach, I began contributing to a small blog and this is where I got my first experience of taking photos outside of a meet or show.
This photo of the Rotiform Porsche at Wekfest LA, is a nice representation of Southern California car culture. Great weather and great atmosphere.
After leaving the blog I started working for an auto shop and doing media for them as well. The deep orange of this M Sports aero equipped Impreza caught my eye at Subiefest. Excellent combination of form and function.
In April of 2012 I made it my goal to work hard on my photography so that I may be able to cover a Formula Drift event by 2013. Through hard work and networking I was able to achieve my goal earlier than expected.
Daigo Saito preparing to go out on the track the morning of Formula D Irwindale. He would go on to win the championship later that night.
Events like the LA Auto Show are always nice to go out and check out the new concept and production cars. The Bentley Continental GT3 drew in a large crowd. Before I knew it my photography was gradually getting better.
This Porsche 911 belongs to a good friend of mine and has seen a major transformation over time. He is far from finished with this car and I can’t wait to see the end result.
I began to concentrate on posting photos under my own name to gain more exposure from companies and enthusiasts. I’ve seen this location used in many photos and it was actually my first time going there. It contrasted with the white of the Evo nicely.
The owner of the RSX pictured led me to this location and I absolutely loved the view from over the ledge. I wanted to incorporate it as much as I could.
The Sunset and light trails from a car in the distance made for interesting additions to the photo of this RX-8.
The #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER themes really changed the way I view photography and served almost as homework to help me grow as a photographer. The detail theme is what was running through my mind when taking the photo of this Lamborghini Countach…
…and the Evasive Motorsports FR-S.
These two cars are perfect examples of Japanese inspired VIP builds and the palm tree with the sunset in the background seem to personify the Southern California lifestyle quite well.
Over the course of a single year, automotive photography has allowed me to meet many people, learn new things ,and most of all become a different person. I’m very grateful to the photographers, tuners, and companies I’ve met along the way and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I’d like to thank Paddy and the rest of the Speedhunters team for giving me the opportunity to guest blog as well thank the people that have supported me thus far.
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A great portfolio, but I love that Countach shot. Simple but very effective. You should be very pleased, top work.
I would love to see more of both of those porsches, the second one mostly. Looks devilish.
BenjaminSaucier the second 911 has a whole article dedicated to it over at www.stanceworks.com go check it out!
what made you pursue a more in depth role in automotive photography?
btw awesome photos man, keep up the good work!
Amazing work Jordan! I hope you & Speedhunters don't mind but I've shared your work with my Facebook page as we regularly try to push the '#IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER' Feature and get people into photography... Really great images... check out our page at www.facebook.com/paradisegaragephoto
Pretty freakin' cool!!! The white Subaru with the green TE-37s looks as if it's getting ready to challenge the world and WIN!!
I can never get enough of the Bentley or RWB beautiful shots!!!
RodChong Thank you, Rod. I'm honored to receive kind words from one of the photographers I look up to.
@Jordan A @RodChong What? Me a photographer? I just mess about with cameras from time to time.
That's great- Almost same story as me, since I first started shooting cars in 2012 too. Now shooting for one magazine and some of the biggest online blogs/pages in the scene.www.facebook.com/bidstrupphotography
RasmusHolmBidstrup Funny enough I've been following your photography since May of 2012. I love all of your Gatebil photos! I even submit edits a couple of times too.
Nice work. The white RSX photo...greatness !!
(You have excellent "photography kung fu" skills Jordan).