If ever there was a sport that required rapid fire photography, Formula One racing is it. Which makes what photographer Joshua Paul does even more fascinating, because instead of using top-of-the-range cameras to capture the fast-paced sport, Paul chooses to take his shots using a 104-year-old Graflex 4×5 view camera.

The photographer clearly has an incredible eye for detail, because unlike modern cameras, which can take as many as 20 frames per second, his 1913 Graflex can only take 20 pictures in total. Because of this, every shot he takes has to be carefully thought about first, and this is clearly evident in this beautiful series of photographs.

“I received this camera from my instructor James Fee while I was studying photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California,” Joshua told Bored Panda. “Another student and I cleaned his darkroom and helped him print his editions, in exchange for this camera. I got lucky with this one because the bellows are very long and I can shoot macro with it. It’s also the same camera Margaret Bourke-White used, and is posing with on the Chrysler building.”

When asked how difficult it is to capture his images, Joshua said, “It's not that it’s difficult, but it’s a process, which sometimes goes well and sometimes not. To pan a F1 car at speed is very difficult and I can go through a lot of film with no results. I’m not trying to document the race, but F1 itself, so I’m more interested in the people, the cars, the tools, trucks and atmosphere.”

Despite having shot over 3000 frames, the photographer never actually intended to shoot Formula 1. “I came to Barcelona in 2013 to see Blur play the Primavera Sound Music Festival. Knowing the race would overlap, I applied for accreditation with Road & Track magazine. It was approved three days before my trip, and when I arrived, I was immediately invited to the Monaco GP, and subsequent races after that. That was the first time I shot a car race.”

He’s now so passionate about the sport that he’s even launched a magazine called Lollipop, a publication for Grand Prix enthusiasts. Check out some of his amazing pictures below. You can also find him on Instagram.

More info: Lollipop Magazine | Instagram (h/t: PetaPixel)

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Galeanthropy2017 2 years ago

This looks better than if the picture was taken with a newer camera!

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TravelPanda 2 years ago

Absolutely stunning visuals!

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Delta Force 2 years ago

.The Blur on right... Extra points to that....

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Kebnekaise 2 years ago

Ricciardo has got so much talent. And he is hot as f***.

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Angelina Wilkins 2 years ago

I can't explain it but there's something about these moving shots that I really like. That look really cool, for lack of a better word.

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Galeanthropy2017 2 years ago

Beautiful.

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J Browne 2 years ago

It is a cool mixture of going back in time with modern cars and dress. It transports two worlds.

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Brigitta Zsiros 2 years ago

Fernando's car has also a 104yo pace

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Ken Larson 2 years ago

All these shots are great! I also played Grand Prix on a 30 year old game system and it was better than today's pc game.

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Delta Force 2 years ago

Epic.... moment and the shot.... says a ton.... like not in the competition or i compete myself...

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Stroia Ionut 2 years ago

Amazing

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

I love this shot, simply because they're not posing, but just having a simple conversation

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TravelPanda 2 years ago

A mix of old and new- with the ancient scenery- and the Formula 1 car

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Daniel Malenfant 2 years ago

Deception is timeless

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Jimmy Denham 2 years ago

This is a brilliant shot!

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

This shot looks amazing, especially knowing it's modern racer.

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GregW 2 years ago

The grain in this series is amazing. Makes me want to look for own 104 year old camera!

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Ed Bax 2 years ago

Reticulated?

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Brian Richman 2 years ago

The eyes have it!!!

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Ana Fuentes 2 years ago

This picture reminds me of one my mother has of my grandparents taken in the 50's

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Full Name 1 year ago

Great angle

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Matt Barnes 2 years ago

You can feel the speed. Wonderful.

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Roberta Espinoza 2 years ago

I didn't comment on each. They are all perfect in b/w. And the age of the camera gives it a softer tone. Never stop using it. Beautiful

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Alaa Kabalan 2 years ago

It feels like a fading memory

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Sean Kirby 2 years ago

This shot has the ancient look - but it is otherwise thoroughly modern in sensibility.

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Rene Du Jardin 2 years ago

"Bending the laws of physics" awesome shoot!

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Andrea Van Delden 2 years ago

Did racecar drivers have sponsors "back in the day" or was this a sport only for the rich or determined?

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