Midnight Movers

Midnight Movers

Large format hardback book.  Midnight Movers by Mark Gredzinski.

ISBN 978-1-8382073-0-4

144 pages in total.   Each page is A4 in size

 All pictures full colour. Printed on 150gsm silk coated art paper

Outer dimensions  -  Eleven and three quarter x eight and a half inches (302 x 215mm), landscape format

All books individually checked and bagged for safe transit.   1.1kg, inclusive of packaging.

Note; some customers have requested to have their book signed by the author. We are happy to do this. Anything specific you would like written, please email your instructions.

About The Book   

Every truck driver has made an overnight stop and many park up regularly. The early hours are quiet, transient and often atmospheric . Midnight Movers is the result of an obsession to sympathetically capture the often spectacular images of lorries within the early hours.

In the mid-eighties, factory worker Mark Gredzinski began taking lorry pictures at night. It was technical challenge, undertaken between bouts of unemployment following company liquidations. The average exposure for each picture was over a minute. Many took five, ten or even 15 minutes duration, recording vehicles hidden in the shadows onto film. Long exposures revealed the subjects in rich, often surreal colours.  

The book is something of a labour of love. It took ten years to plan and five to create. No expense was spared using quality materials throughout giving the look a feel of quality. A professional book designer was employed, giving the pages a bright look around potentially sombre photographs.  The contents cover ten chapters with around 32,000 words. Inside are over 200 sharp colour pictures. At least 20 of the photographs are enlarged  A4 in size, making the book good value .

It's larger than many, weighing just under under two pounds and is over 23 inches wide when opened out. The 16-page units that make up the 144 page total are section-sewn which is more prestigious and archival than 'perfect' bound methods. Substantial coated paper is used for perfect photo reproduction. To compliment the midnight blue covers, contrasting cloth head and tail bands were chosen (the colour is called 'Caribbean Grapefruit' as it happens!) and extra was spent on rich blue end papers. It's small touches that count.  

Themes include lorries paired up at night, famous fleets and trucks photographed in inclement weather. A whole chapter is dedicated to roped and sheeted loads with over forty throughout the book. 125 pictures depict British lorries, including 62 ERF and Foden shots. The majority are articulated units, although 20 pictures depict tippers with flatbeds, tankers and car transport included. Much of the contents has a Midlands bias, but the subjects are countrywide, covering both Scotland and Wales.

The story of how and why the pictures were taken is described from the author's perspective. Techniques are explained alongside personal observations making this foremost a photographic book. Pictures are fully captioned but not weighed down with technical specs. The viewpoint is from an outside observer, since drivers themselves are better qualified to tell any inside story. No lorry driver was ever knowingly woken up in the dead of night! 

This book is undoubtedly unique.  With the advent of digital, pictures of trucks at night are commonplace. However, working examples of Seddon Atkinsons or Scania 111s are a thing of the past. 

Truck makes and models include;  AEC, Atkinson, Bedford (TK, KM and TM), ERF (LV, A Series, plus B,C and E Series), DAF 2800 and 3300, Fodens from S39 to 4300 Series, Kenworth, Leyland including Marathon, Cruiser, Roadtrain  and Leyland DAF 95, Mack, Magirus Deutz, MANs, Mercedes NK, SK and Actros, Renault G Series and Magnum, Scania (86, 111,112,113 and 141), Seddon Atkinson (301, 400, 401, 4-11 and Strato), Scammell Routeman and Highwayman, Spanish Dodges, Volvo (F7, F88, F12, FL10, FM and FH12) and more. Everything from rigids, mixers and articulated trucks of every kind.

Fleets include;

P&O Roadways, Tunnel Cement, Eddie Stobart, Douglas Plant, Charlson, Joint Motorways, JB McBean, Canning, Bayfreight, C. Butt, Rawlings, GCS Johnson, McCall Bros, Burgoynes, Syd Wood, Hills of Cardiff, John Raymond, ECM car transport, Sidney Harrison, Millicans of Longtown, Myers of Clitheroe, David G. Davies, Lawsons of Cumbria, H. Morgan, Hayward of Walsall, LE Jones, Naylors of Lancashire, Wm Blythe of Accrington, Geo. Beer, Cardiff Transport, Truswell, WH Malcolm, Bewick, Atkins, Bowker, British Salt, Chris Miller, Allinson, Tyson H. Burridge, Glendinning, John Raymond, Geoffrey Reyner of Manchester, Jack Richards, Meachers, Riding, Ken Abram, Robsons, Murray Hogg of Newcastle, Bergen, Allmans, RG Bassett, Sam Longson, Hunt Bros, Redland Bricks, Wilds Motors, Soens, Iddons, Banks Grain, Blueline, Cannons, Evans, H. Brown, Peter Halley, T. Brady, Walpole & Wright, Connolly Transport, Brian Harris of Devon, A-One Transport, Consolidated, Craigs of Denny, Barnes & Tipping, DA Harrison, Hingleys, Ditchfield, Shaws, Harold Read, Coopers of Cannock, Starr Roadways, Hillstate of Sheffield, Thompson Jewitt, F. Hackney......... and many more.

About the author

Though relatively little known, Mark Gredzinski has been involved with road transport imaging and design for over 50 years and has 35 years journalistic experience. He has contributed within the sport of drag racing for half a century and spent many years as a drag race correspondent for Custom Car magazine and Street Machine alongside freelancing for truck magazines such as Heritage Commercials. He is both a technical artist and model maker and has won awards for his designs. Originally trained as a silversmith, he developed a keen eye and insistence on quality in his creative work. In 2015 Mark garnered a BA Honours degree in photography from Birmingham City University. 

"The book is dedicated to my late truck driving brother Adam 'Jasper' Gredzinski. He, like many others, experienced what a night out behind the wheel felt like. It's aimed at enthusiasts of every persuasion, with an appreciation of how dynamic a vehicle can look, beyond just a collection of metal parts."

This is a limited edition book with a single print run. Buy now to avoid disapointment.

Product Code: Book 1. Midnight Movers.
Weight: 0.895kg