The photography of Mary McCartney


Born in London in 1969, Mary McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally-charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject. McCartney’s work has concentrated on the world of portrait and candid reportage photography and is suffused with a deep personal investment that captures the creative chemistry between Mary and her subjects. Below are her impressions from The Goodwood Revival.


Stepping into The Goodwood Revival was like going back in time, to another era! The moment I entered I heard bands playing nostalgic music and everyone was dressed for the event in amazing costumes, clearly a great deal of effort had been made for a very much loved event. Events like this not only evoke memories but also make them. Catching moments in pictures that you can then look back on, reflect and relive that moment in time is one reason that I love photography.
 

Passing through a tunnel that led away from the parade of shops and cafes I entered the world of racing and fast cars. The noise of the engines was electrifying and people were in the traditional garb for the racing circuit of yesteryear. I went into The Paddocks and watched engineers tinkering with cars, getting them ready for the starting line – it was a very exciting place to be.

Drivers from all generations were on hand, some quite young and others whom had been racing since maybe the 50s. I spotted heroes such as Sir Stirling Moss, smiling and enjoying the day with his wife.

I’ve not been to many racing events and the masculine manner the drivers walked around was fun to see, watching them prepare with their fire protection gear  in the old cars makes you realize just how dangerous and exhilarating racing was from that period, really daring!

There is confidence and assurance in the drivers who look like they are totally loving being in their old cars, I saw this man in a cowboy hat – so eye-catching and so happy to be there.

It was not only the drivers who caught my eye, the spectators, especially the women, stood out to me; I love people watching. Overall, the outfits that people had put together were fantastic like these two young girls, dressed from the 1960s.

One of the first pictures of the day, and one of my favourites, was of this woman in a pencil skirt and the racing car. I spotted her legs and the seam going down almost to the back of the heels. I knew I had to capture it.

Another image that stands out to me is the woman pushing the car. She was the only woman mechanic – her femininity caught my eye doing a traditionally man’s job.

I imagined the woman in this image was maybe the wife of the car owner – it’s like she is hanging out quite happily at home in the family garage.

The woman shown in the image was brilliantly elegant, she seemed like a movie star and was immaculate. She had a glow and I pursued her across the room to get her photograph – she radiated beauty.

The Goodwood Revival is really about the appreciation of design. The cars are works of art – they are beautiful pieces of engineering and the crowds mill around appreciating all of it, the smells, the noise of engines roaring and touching the metal workmanship. As a people watcher the Goodwood Revival is the perfect place to be.


- Mary McCartney
Monochrome | Colour is the new publication of two parts by Mary McCartney published by GOST books. It will be available on November 20, 2014 for RRP £75. See more of Mary’s work on her website. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.