If you follow Axis you know Julien's work very well and we are quite proud to follow his success ever since he came onto a radar a few years ago on Flickr. Mahiels has recently launched a new web site showcasing his work, go visit it as soon as you are done reading this.
As part of our series on motorsport photographers we asked Julien a few question:
AXIS: When did you start shooting?
Julien Mahiels: My grandfather always been a photo enthusiast and passed that to my mother who did photo school in the 70s. I was a aviation nut since I was 9yo and I always wanted to take pictures in air shows. I finally had my first try with my mother Nikkormat at 12yo but I really got into photography 2 years later with mountain biking and BMX.
JM: It is a tough one because there is an awfully long list of track I dream of visiting. From those I've seen I must say the Nurburgring. You can pop anywhere around that track and find a new cool angle. The surroundings are superb and since I am driving nut I love to rack up miles on it after the shooting is done.
For 2012 the Tour auto paid a visit to the Charade racetrack and I think if I could spend more time around it could be my all time favorite. Such a balsy track even the ring looked tamed next to it. The nature around it is glorious too.
AXIS: Your favorite car?
JM: I have a real soft spot for the 250 SWB and 911 R
AXIS: Your favorite tool?
JM: Favorite tool would be my 200F2 I bought barely used 4years ago. It gave me image quality and versatility I needed to evolve as a car photographer. But my 85 1.4 is getting his own share of use.
AXIS: Your ideal photograph is?
JM: My ideal photograph is combination of a timeless subject (car and track) getting properly used (sideways) with a lot of motion blur. Motion is everything for me. You must be able to feel what was going on when the picture was taken. Of course showing a beautiful car in glorious dawn is nice but I prefer to capture a moment than showcase its beauty.
You can get in touch with Julien Mahiels via his brand new web site julienmahiels.net where you can find a huge selection of stunning images. Thank you Julien!