Elephants Trumpet

Christopher Wilson Posted by Christopher Wilson on March 12, 2020


One of things I love about what I do is getting an email from someone — particularly a stranger — inquiring about a print to hang in their home. I’m always so surprised and touched by these requests, as it let’s me know that I must be doing something right.

Most recently, for example, Louise Hermann, the step-daughter of Edgar Hermann, the famous Kenyan rally driver, contacted me. She wanted to know if she could buy a print of this image of Edgar’s race car. Edgar had just died and she wanted to get a large print as a gift for her husband, Edgar’s son, as a way to honor their father.

Wow. I was kinda blown away by Louise’s story. That her father-in-law is Edgar Herrmann, a hero of mine. That she lives in Thailand and somehow found me. That she wanted MY image of her father’s 240Z. Language was speechless to describe how I felt. Of course we sent her a print.

The photograph, by the way, is of the classic Datsun 240Z which Edgar Hermann and his co-driver, Hans Schuller, raced in the East African Safari Rally in 1973. It was beat to s∗∗t, which was no surprise given how insanely punishing the race is to both man and machine - 3,300 miles over 4 days, in which 89 crews started but only 18 finished. Unbelievable. These guys were crazy. I think camels were the least of their obstacles. Shot as part of an amazing opportunity I had to photograph the cars collected in the Nissan Heritage Museum in Japan.

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Christopher WilsonAfter 15 years in the advertising world as a writer and art director, Christopher jumped off a cliff to start Christopher Wilson Photography. As an advertising creative, Christopher created a vast portfolio of powerful campaigns for some of the most recognized luxury brands there are, including Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Nikon and Ritz-Carlton to mention only a few. Now Christopher is bringing all that experience and passion to his photography - and it shows. Christopher leapt from agency creative to global photographer, landing projects with the most sought-after brands on the planet, and in just about every country there is on the planet.

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