I've been under the weather the last couple of days so I took the time to go through the DVR recordings I've had saved since August. One of those recordings happened to be Velocity's (by Discovery Channel), Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans, and I have to tell you, after the first episode I was hooked. Is it possible that I love the mini-series because I'm a Motorsports addict and adrenaline junkie? Sure. But the program is great because you not only get to see Dempsey outside of his Hollywood shell, but also because you get to see him labor over money, fundraising, and all the obstacles that are inherent in the sport, including injury and the stresses of having to lay-off staff. Dempsey is a cool cat for sure, and his honesty comes through on the show.
One of the things I was treated to as part of the show was learning about Jesse Alexander, the famous racing photographer. "For more than 50 years Jesse Alexander traveled the world, capturing some of motorsport's most iconic personalities, vehicles, and moments." His photos are extremely powerful and quite moving. The way that he captures the humanity in the people that he photographed is evident in his images. In fact, I could hardly find an image where the human element was not somehow integrated with the automobile iteslf.
During a time when the cars had a personality themselves, Alexander was able to capture their context in the human world.
Visit Alexander's website and check out his work and books. They are worth your time, trust me. Also, take a look at some of the videos I included below as an extra treat.
"For more than 50 years Jesse Alexander traveled the world, capturing some of motorsport's most iconic personalities, vehicles, and moments." - www.jessealexander.com
"I never thought of myself as an artist, that's a bit of a stretch. But, I've realized I have a gift for being a visual person." - Jesse Alexander
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