What do you consider your biggest success to date?
I’ve photographed amazing cars and wonderful people, including some Formula 1 drivers. But actually earning enough money from photography to buy my own house is my greatest achievement. And then photography allowed me to invest in my friend’s vintage car repair shop. Those are the two things I never cease to be amazed at: I think, “Wow, my camera earned me the money for this.”
What do you like about cars?
I love classic cars. I myself have two vintage cars, two vintage motorbikes, and two not quite brand new cars. What I love about vintage cars is that amazing atmosphere, their history, how people treat them. They love them, that’s all there is to it. And their owners tend to be incredible: they race them hard at Goodwood and then give them tender loving care in their workshops, which are full of memories. It’s an incredible atmosphere.
Do modern cars mean anything to you?
I find their technology fascinating. I think we’ve abused the Earth long enough and this has to change. Electric cars are a fantastic part of this new world. Also, for me as a photographer electric cars are extremely interesting in design terms. The new drivetrain arrangement means the cars’ proportions and looks are different, which I like a lot.
Thomas Schäfer as seen by photographer Amy Shore.
What impression did the ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV make on you during the shoot?
This was my first shoot with a ŠKODA and I was really curious about it – not just for the sake of the car but also because I got to meet Thomas Schäfer. It’s not every day that I work with the CEO of a car company. Generally speaking, every time I’m on a shoot the car steps out of the shadows, as it were. When I shoot the car, I’ve already seen it from so many angles and perspectives, I am so familiar with its details that every time I see it on the road I remember the things that caught my eye. And the ENYAQ COUPÉ iV has lots of details like that, of course.