This photo was taken in Positano, Italy on the Amalfi coast. The scooter was parked in a line of around 20 to 30 other scooters but obviously, for me, what made it stand out was the Union Jack ensign on the rear pannier.
On seeing the scooter with the ensign it made me think of a good friend of mine who is both patriotic and an admirer of all things related to the mod era. It was with him in mind that I took this photo.
In my minds eye I could already envisage the finished photo. I knew immediately that I would be taking the shot back to 1960’s black and white, yet also bring it up to date through the bold colours of the Union Jack. I took a number of shots with the whole line of scooters, a number of shots with a select number of scooters and then a few individual shots. It was clear the most striking was the individual shot. Looking on the picture now, it is hard to imagine that it was parked with other scooters. It seems to sit nicely on its own, as though it was the only thing parked on an otherwise empty street.
You can take a number of photos throughout your lifetime and there are but a handful that you can look at again and again. For me, this is one of those photos.
Italian design, British pride!