Private Photo Shoots!

12 Jan

Did you know that Hosking Industries also offers world-class automotive photo shoots for private clients?

Hosking Industries main-man Ben Hosking has been photographing cars for magazines in Australia and around the world for a decade now and is considered one of the country’s top photographers in the field. Your pride and joy deserves this level of experience and artistry.

Private automotive photo shoots start at just $330 (inc. GST)*. And Ben covers a wide area, including the Newcastle and Hunter Valley, greater Sydney and the mid-north coast of NSW. More regional areas are available on occasion as Ben travels further afield on assignment (keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook page for updates!)

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Private Photo Shoots - Hosking Industries

I’m Celebrating 10 Years!

07 Jan
Hosking Industries 10th Anniversary

Happy Birthday! Hosking Industries 10th Anniversary 2010-2020.

2020 marks Hosking Industries’ 10th Anniversary! Founded on February 1, 2010, the company served as a basis for all my freelance work, which even today – 10 years later – is my sole source of income. From the outset, Hosking Industries offered photography, copy writing, feature writing, graphic design and web design services – along with anything else I thought I could get away with.

Today, I’m still offering these services and now have a separate brand operating in tandem – Ben Hosking Photography – to handle a broader range of photographic subjects, like weddings, family and newborn photography.

Over the last decade, I’ve been lucky enough to photograph well over 500 incredible cars, bikes, trucks and buses. Not to mention some of the most amazing garages and car collections in the country. It also means that I’m nearing my 20th year working in the automotive media sphere, which is both mind-blowing to me and humbling.

I’ve seen the scene change so much in that time. Way back then, magazine budgets and staff levels were very healthy. Newsagency shelves were heavily stocked with a wide array of magazine titles from here and abroad and the future looked bright. Yeah, the internet existed, but no one was really creating content of any value yet. It wasn’t until the GFC in 2008 that everything got a little darker.

I’m so thankful that, despite the added stresses of operating in a field that is continuously shrinking, I’m still able to make a living doing what I love and hopefully, I’ll still be here in another decade photographing the nation’s best vehicles and happy newly weds, designing new logos for businesses and seeing my favourite bands up close.

Thanks to any and all that have supported Hosking Industries over the last 10 years, either by enjoying my photos, buying prints or commissioning me to shoot some images of your happy day or your pride and joy. And of course, a massive thanks to all the editors and business owners out there that continue to seek out my work for their magazines, calendars, posters and marketing. I couldn’t do it without all of you!

Feature Car: Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana

31 Dec

Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana was living in his dreams for almost 20 years before he got the chance to actually own it. Now that it’s his, Mark has restored the LJ Torana coupe – transforming it into his perfect aussie muscle vision, including a tough 355ci Holden stroker and Ford 9in rear end.

Incredibly, Mark was able to preserve the car’s decades-old paintwork and the use of the Mawer three-piece 13in rims just adds to to the retro appeal. Step inside Mark Cirillo’s 1974 Holden LJ Torana and the vintage theme continues thanks to the largely GTR-spec’ upholstery.

The car was featured in the November issue of Street Machine magazine.

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Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana
Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana
Mark Cirillo's 1974 Holden LJ Torana

Feature Car: Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore

19 Dec

I photographed Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore years ago for Street Commodores when it was blue-over-silver and powered by a hot Holden V8. Several years later and the car has been fully rebuilt thanks to a horror smash.

Now resplendent in full white paint with contrasting black Simmons FR rims, the car looks totally on-trend. The old cream interior has been replaced with an all-black leather and suede affair to match the Simmons and the Warspeed 403ci L98-based stroker. Where most opt for a blower or turbos these days, Paul Knowles’ Holden VK Commodore is all motor, but looks the business with that tunnel ram poking through the bonnet, topped by a pair of 750cfm Holley carbs.

Out back, a braced, sheet-metal 9in houses 35-spline axles and 4.11:1 gears which should cope with any punishment Paul dishes out onto those poor FR20s and Pirelli P-Zero tyres. The car was featured in the November 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore
Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore
Paul Knowles' Holden VK Commodore

Feature Car: Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

17 Dec

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a number of Volkswagen Beetles over the years, but never one of the new generation. So I was pretty excited when I saw Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle sitting with its belly on the ground at the 2019 VW Nationals. A call to Craig at VWMA secured the car a feature story and we got to work arranging a photo shoot.
With an extensive Maxton body kit, Airlift 3P Performance Suspension kit and TSW Sebring wheels, Lexus Aplin’s 2013 Volkswagen Beetle is completely transformed from the tired stocker it was when Lexus found the car. Inside, a Sirocco R interior makes things far more sporty and the whole car gets more oopmh thanks to a Stage 1 APR tune and intake upgrade that nets the car around 30kW extra power. Further improvements come from a custom 2.5in cat-back exhaust.
My photos were features in issue 64 of VW Magazine Australia.

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Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle
Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle
Lexus Aplin's 2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Feature Car: Tim Saliba’s Holden VP Commodore

06 Dec

Tim Saliba’s Holden VP Commodore was featured in the October issue of Street Machine. I’d shot the car once before for another magazine, but Tim has since made some further improvements, both to the parts list but also driveability improvements. The airbagged, 393ci Holden V8-powered sedan looks sweet in its HSV Senator body kit and riding super low on the Simmons FR19s. Inside, it’s all covered… in shale-coloured leather, that is. Dash, door trims, Recaro seats, centre console – everything is drenched in leather. Even the boot install that also boasts a pair of 12in subs is leather-clad. Tim Saliba’s Holden Commodore is one gorgeous machine!

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Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore
Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore
Tim Saliba's Holden VP Commodore

Feature Car: Shadi Tobaji’s Ford TC Cortina

26 Nov

There’s no doubting that a Ford TC Cortina is one of the more unusual choices for a street machine. But when you build one as clean and tough as Shadi Tobaji’s 443ci Dart Windsor-powered sedan, you can’t argue with the validity of his choice! Making a solid 889hp on C85 ethanol-based fuel, this 8sec machine can get the front wheels high into the air if Shadi forgets to fit the wheelie bars!

Shadi’s Ford Cortina was featured in the October 2019 issue of Street Machine.

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Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina
Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina
Shadi Tobaji's Ford TC Cortina

Live Review: Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – October 11, 2019

20 Nov

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I was lucky enough to witness Canada’s Cancer Bats in action back sometime around 2013 and was struck by the band’s intensity and obvious enjoyment with what they were doing. That was a Sidewave at Sydney’s Hi-Fi Bar supporting Bullet for My Valentine – which in this reviewer’s mind was a bit of an odd pairing, but whatever…

Seeing the band tonight in the Cambridge Hotel‘s diminutive pressure-cooker of a front room seemed to amplify the intensity of the band’s performance. With no photo pit, I was shooting from the mosh – experiencing the effect they were having on the audience first hand. The band tore up the stage with a set list bursting with tracks from just about their entire back catalogue, with highlights including ‘Sorceress’ and ‘Hail Destroyer’ from the album of the same name and ‘Gatekeeper’ and ‘Space and Time’ from latest album ‘The Spark That Moves’.

As a band not known for their five-minute-plus prog epics, they move through their 15-song set list rapid fire, broken up with witty banter from frontman Liam Cormier, including some classic Aussie piss-taking that the crowd laps up, despite being the brunt of the jokes. All in all, a great way to spend a rainy night in Newcastle.

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Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019
Cancer Bats @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle - October 11, 2019

Feature Car: Tomi Vatavuk’s 1974 Ford XB Falcon

20 Nov

If there’s a nicer XB Ford Falcon out there, I certainly haven’t photographed it! I got to photograph Tomi’s incredible ‘SOKOL’ Falcon sedan for the October issue of Street Machine. Perhaps the best thing about the XB – which includes a custom rear splitter/air dam, smoothed engine bay and plethora of custom billet and carbon fibre pieces – is that Tomi was able to do a lot of the build himself!

On top of being able to hang out with such a nice car, and a nice owner (who also happened to play guitar and like heavy music!), was being able to shoot the car in such a clean workshop. I personally have never seen such a clean work space. Especially given that besides handling custom work, it also serves as a regular servicing workshop. Look at that floor!

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Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon
Tomi Vatavuk's 1974 Ford XB Falcon

Cover Car: Joe Tyler’s 1964 EH Holden Wagon

29 Oct

I was presented with a fresh challenge for this photo shoot on Joe Tyler’s – one that I’d been meaning to do more of for years: car-to-car tracking shots. The brief was to capture the balls-out, blown 416ci LS3-powered ’64 wagon on the street for the front cover of Street Machine. A ton of research on locations, technique and a borrowed lens with image stabilisation later and this is the result. The car appeared on the front of the October 2019 issue.

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Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon
Joe Tyler's 1964 EH Holden Wagon