Story Telling of Vintage Race Tracks

Whyte Fine Art
Oct 19, 2018 12:04PM

Photographer Lou Boileau talks to Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art about his background, influences and story telling of vintage race tracks.

Lou Boileau
Monza Old Circuit Banking, 2006
Whyte Fine Art

RW: You are well known as a photographer, but what’s your background?

LB: I went to Art School to study fine art, but quickly fell in love with the photographic image. After spending 4 years studying photography, I moved to Italy as a freelance photographer working on various assignments, especially portrait photography, and lifestyle images.

Moving back to the UK, I began working for various magazines, book publishers and advertising agents, whilst keeping up my personal work and projects. I produced a book on British Actors, including John Thaw, Norman Wisdom, John Gielgud, Eric Sykes, Julie Walters, to name but a few, and today 9 of my portraits are now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Since then, I have worked for various clients, including clients in the Motor Sport Industry which has taken me to the far-flung corners of the World, capturing the story of motor racing in my own particular style. I also love photographing for individual clients, who want something a little different.

Lou Boileau
Paul Ricard, 2006
Whyte Fine Art

RW: How would you describe your style?

LB: My Style of photography is a cross section of reportage and fine art photography. I enjoy working with a team, but most of the time I like to work alone, which I feel gives me a greater control of the final image. I strive to create an image that is iconic and unique to the client.

RW: What are your inspirations?

LB: I have always loved black and white movies, especially those directed by great film director David Lean, whose film’s like – Great expectations, Lawrence of Arabia, my main influences in photography, are Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen mark, and Jeanloup Sieff.

But generally, I get inspired from paintings, music, or just when I get an open brief, to create or shoot something special.

Lou Boileau
Lola Abstract, 2007
Whyte Fine Art

RW: Motorsport favourites?

LB: I don’t really have a love of Motorsport like F1, But I do enjoy the story telling of vintage race tracks and races. There is so much going on, it is like one big Theatre for a weekend, the passion, excitement and people, especially such places as Goodwood, Monaco, and Monza.

I love arriving at a circuit before anyone else when it is empty, and then staying behind when everyone has gone, it is quite eerie, this is when I think you can get some amazing circuit shots.


Lou Boileau
Hidden Circuit, 2007
Whyte Fine Art
Whyte Fine Art