Photographer Chris Tedesco is known as a prolific freestyle motocross shooter. His other gig, though, is being one of the lensmen for luxury car brands BMW and Rolls-Royce. Tedesco has access to brand-new cars before they come out and gets to take them on multiple-day trips, photographing the cars wherever he goes, for press and advertising campaigns."This is one moment in my career that I will never forget," he says of this image, "hanging out of a BMW M6 convertible at Daytona International Speedway while photographing BMW's Race Car lineage. To be able to shoot something like this with a direct connection between your eye and the camera is an exhilarating feeling you can't get with remote cameras." Scroll on for Tedesco's take on his own portfolio.
"Car-to-car photography is exactly what it sounds like: While in motion, you shoot a car from another car. This was my first experience doing such for BMW, at Sebring International Raceway during their winter testing session in 2010. To capture this photo of the BMW M3 GTs, I was hanging out of a BMW X5M while propping the lift gate open with my leg. It was a challenging shot to pull off."
New York Minute
"It isn't every day you get to poach New York City to photograph Rolls-Royce's new Wraith Coupe. To capture this photo, I was hanging unrestrained out of a BMW 650i convertible on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. In the background is the new World Trade Center Freedom Tower [now called One World Trade Center] and [the] Brooklyn Bridge. This was the day before the Fourth of July, too, so the roads were packed with people trying to leave the city. They really appreciated us holding up traffic and made sure to let us know we were No. 1 when they got past. Talk about a surreal experience."
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
"I was greeted with this beautiful sight of the 2013 BMW M5 Sedan and M6 Coupe during my first vehicle-launch shoot for BMW at Laguna Seca in 2012. The Monterey [Calif.] morning fog made for some dramatic photos. After the shoot, BMW tossed me the keys to both cars to turn some laps around Laguna Seca."
"Perks of creating press photography include getting the keys to a stunning new car, like this 2013 BMW M6 Coupe, to drive and photograph in suitable locations. This shot, along with others from this shoot, were printed in Automobile Magazine last year."
"The BMW Z4 GTE race car is all new for 2013. Originally, both cars were supposed to be white, but BMW surprised everyone at the American Le Mans opener in Sebring, Fla., with a black car. These two coming up in your rearview mirror screams, 'Get out of my way.'"
Meeting of the Motors
"BMW competes as a factory effort in American Le Mans, but BMW also supports numerous teams in Grand-Am, which is a series run by NASCAR. In 2014, the two series will merge to form United SportsCar Racing."
"Here the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE, driven by Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin, climbs 'The Uphill' at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the shortest track in the American Le Mans Series [at] just 1.53 miles."
"Four generations of BMW race cars, including the Z4 GTE, E92 M3 GT, E46 M3 GTR and E36 M3 GTR, took to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the 2013 BMW Z4 GTE launch earlier this year. It was amazing to see them all side by side on a racetrack."
Blast From The Past
"At select events, BMW will bring their historic cars to display, similar to the vintage dirt bikes you see [in] Supercross. Here I had the opportunity to photograph their M1 Coupe, built from 1978-1981, on the open road in Monterey, Calif."
Putting in the Hours
"Endurance racing is tough on everyone and [every]thing involved. Countless hours are spent to prepare for race day. After a week spent at Sebring International Raceway testing for the 2013 American Le Mans Series opener, BMW Team RLL puts a close on a final warm-up session. What remained for the competitors and teams? Just a 12-hour battle to the checkered flag."
"Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin drove the BMW Z4 GTE to its historic first victory at [the] Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 20. It took just two races for BMW to claim victory in their new race car -- quite the impressive feat."
"I've shot and seen many sequence photos for FMX, but I had never seen it done for car racing. I figured why not give it a shot -- literally? I waited and waited in the 'Andretti Hairpin' at Laguna Seca for the perfect distance between the BMW M3 GT, driven here by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller, and its competitors to create this 64-photo sequence. This shot was used as a two-page pull-out cover of Bavarian Beamer Magazine."
"After a day of shooting the new 2014 BMW 320i sedan, my assistant and I made it to the coast in the nick of time to capture the car with this vibrant sunset. There's never a dull moment when you're on the hunt for the right light."
"From time to time, BMW [chooses] the work of a select artist to be featured on one of their cars to live on as an 'Art Car' -- 17 in total. I recently got to see and photograph the Andy Warhol Art Car in person at Paris Photo L.A. at Paramount Studios. I was told it took Warhol under 30 minutes to paint the entire car."