I started this shoot thinking I was going to pay homage to Eric Paré with some simple light wand wafts behind a static model, and then quickly changed my mind to accommodate more of a superhero feel with bright colours. But once I experimented with shooting a sports car with these unique lights, I decided differently.
I decided to go with a 1980s style because I could get those pulsing lights to look like neon signs indicative of the era. Hot pink and gorgeous blue was the obvious colour choice and I decided to take stylistic inspiration from films and TV shows like Drive, Stranger Things and Miami Vice to give it a contemporary but retro feel.
To make this shot you need a long exposure, a couple of lights and coloured gels, and knowledge of car lighting. As well as keeping your model extremely still.
Recreating a classic poster from the film Drive, was next on my list. In the original (actually a digital render) Ryan Gosling is seen in the car, driving with strong pink and blue lines throughout the background. The lights had to be split up, a key light, continuously lit for the model, and another, pulsing for the background.
The final shot was a little experiment, I try to do extra work once I have the shots I intended to get. With the model holding one light like a light sabre, I set a self-timer and jumped behind the model and wooshed the other round in a circle. It took quite a few attempts to get the exposure right for a perfect circle, but once I did it, it instantly looked like an album cover.