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Helmsley photographer takes pole position at international motorsport events

Despite the pandemic putting paid to many of his plans, a Helmsley photographer is continuing to nurture an impressive expertise in automotive artwork, which sees him travelling the globe.

Lazenby Visuals in Helmsley was launched by Chris Lazenby in 2015, selling artwork from local artists and Chris’ own photography. Since 2019, Chris has doubled as a successful motorsport photographer, often travelling the world to photograph GT and endurance racing.

Before the pandemic hit, Chris had photographed events in Dubai, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, USA and Holland, supplying images to some of the world’s leading GT teams as well as manufacturers such as Mercedes AMG and Aston Martin.

Many of 2020’s plans were put on hold, however, despite restrictions in place due to Covid-19, Chris has more recently been allowed to travel for work with the appropriate safety measures in place. In December he was able to go to Kyalami in South Africa and in February 2021 he headed to Daytona in Florida – both firsts for him in terms of the motorsport events he was covering.

Chris’ trip to Kyalami was to shoot the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge series, supplying images to teams and drivers and also to BMW and Honda. Much to his delight, Chris was able to extend the trip by a couple of days in order to photograph some of the local wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, warthogs, impala and wildebeest.

The trip to Daytona was to cover the Rolex 24-hour event. This features some of the top teams and drivers from around the world, racing for 24-hours straight around the famous Daytona circuit.

A planned trip to Bathurst, near Sydney, was cancelled due to the pandemic, and although Chris had the opportunity to work at Mugello in Italy this month, due to the situation over there he has decided not to go.

Chris commented: “I feel extremely lucky to have been able to cover the events I have in the last few months. Seeing the wildlife in South Africa was something I’ll never forget and it was an amazing opportunity to cover the Daytona event and it’s certainly one I’d want to do again. As travel options open up, I hope to be back working across Europe and the US by the summer, with options in Japan and back in South Africa later in the year.”

Whilst not being able to travel as much, Chris is working on building his Helmsley-based art gallery which specialises in automotive art, bringing together artwork from artists based all around the world. He has ambitions for his gallery to become the largest physical and online supplier of automotive and motorsport inspired artwork in the UK.

Chris continued: “I upload small albums from each event to my website for people to view, and it’s great to hear the feedback I get from fellow car fans. Another way I’ve been developing my passion, as the pandemic rules have allowed, is to offer non-motorsport car photography for those who would like photos of their own cars. There’s some amazing collections in this country which deserve to be captured for posterity.”

All Chris’ work, and that of other artists, is available on his website – www.lazenbyvisuals.com.