Updated: Jun 19, 2019
What an incredible and completely wild ride 2012 has been.
Where do I even begin to sum it all up? Four Indycar races; Two Grand Am races; Three NASCAR races; Two ALMS races; Four days of Formula One testing in Barcelona; the inaugural United States Grand Prix in Austin; the 24 Hours of Le Mans; a two week trip to England covering five racing series at three different tracks; the Kentucky Derby; 12 days in Colorado for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb; the Harry Miller Club gathering in Milwaukee; and race car ride-alongs with two fantastic drivers, who between them have won a combined total of seven 24 Hours of Le Mans. Photos published in magazines, newspapers and websites around the globe and seen by millions of people. Clients who have become great friends. Endless laughs with friends in the media center. The chance to work with the most incredible photographers and photo agencies on the planet and the opportunity to learn from those people. But best was the ability to say that for the first time in my short career, I’ve made an income from it all that supports itself, and me.
Though I can’t thank each and every person individually for what they’ve contributed to my career this past year, I do want to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of you. You all know who you are. Each shoot, race, and assignment was a unique challenge, but most of all, they were ALL fun. I don’t know how I got so lucky. The friend’s I’ve made in the media center and everywhere else along the journey have made life on the road really enjoyable. Every time I get on a plane or get in my car, I know I’m going to see friends and do what I love. I can’t ask for more than that.
So, since it seems we have all lived through the Mayan apocalypse….here are some of my favorite motorsport photos (and a sprinkling of other stuff) from 2012.
Circuit de Catalyuna, Barcelona Spain, February 21, 2012. Nikon D3, 550mm (400 +1.4tc) f4, 1/1250. © Jamey Price
What more can I say? As a life long follower of F1, it was something like a dream come true to stand in the paddock of an F1 test in Barcelona, Spain, with a credential hanging around my neck. I was once told you can’t be a fan and a professional and do the job well. I disagree. You’d be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about the sport, and more driven to cover it from an unbiased, journalistic point of view. Barcelona was four fantastic days that changed my career forever.
Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, April 1, 2012. Nikon D700, 14mm, f16, 1/50. © Jamey Price/LAT
As photographers, we are always pushed to find something new. It’s easy to become complacent and go where everyone else is because the photo is always “there”. In this case, I was looking for something different. And in the early April sunshine, I ventured up to the hill inside turns 2 and 3 at Barber during the Indycar Grand Prix and found this. Stuff like this makes an amazing landscape photo as it is. Add race cars, and to me, it’s a sublime place to be.
Stoneybrook Steeplechase, North Carolina, April 7, 2012. Nikon D700, 140mm, f13, 1/60. © Jamey Price/Eclipse Sportswire