Midnight Movers

Midnight Movers

Limited edition, large format hardback book.  Midnight Movers by Mark Gredzinski.

ISBN 978-1-8382073-0-4

144 pages in total, A4 in size

 Printed full colour on 150gsm silk coated art paper

Outer dimensions  -   302 x 215mm, landscape format. 

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

About The Book   

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

In the mid-eighties, factory worker Mark Gredzinski began taking truck pictures at night. It was a challenge, undertaken between bouts of unemployment following company liquidations. The average exposure for each picture was over a minute. Many were over 5 minutes duration, recording vehicles hidden in the shadows. Long exposures on special film revealed trucks in rich, often surreal colours.  

The book took ten years to plan and five to create. No expense has been spared to produce a top quality book . A professional designer was employed, giving the pages a bright look around the photographs. Contents include ten chapters with around 32,000 words. Inside are over 200 sharp colour pictures. No fuzzy photos! More than twenty are enlarged  A4 in size to really fill the page. All pictures are scanned from the original films.

Weighing just under under two pounds it's a big book, at over 23 inches wide when opened out.  Heavy coated paper makes perfect photo reproduction. Complimenting the midnight blue covers, contrasting cloth head and tail bands (the colour is called 'Caribbean Grapefruit' as it happens!) with rich blue end papers look classy. Small touches that count.  

Trucks paired up at night, famous fleets and lorries photographed in inclement weather are some of the themes. One chapter is dedicated just to roped and sheeted trucks, with over forty examples throughout the book. Most pictures depict British lorries, including 62 ERF and Foden shots alongside plenty of Scania, Volvo and Mercedes. The majority are articulated, although 20 pictures depict tippers alongside flatbeds, tankers and car transporters. Most locations have a Midlands bias, but the subjects are countrywide, covering both Scotland and Wales.

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

This book is totally unique. Working examples of Seddon Atkinsons or Scania 111s are a thing of the past. 

Truck types include;   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, MackMagirus Deutz, MAN, 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. 

Fleets include;

P&O Roadways, Tunnel Cement, 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 of Ireland, Brian Harris of Devon, A-One Transport, Consolidated, Craigs of Denny, Barnes & Tipping, Eddie Stobart, 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  Mark Gredzinski has been involved with road transport imaging and design for over 50 years with 35 years journalistic experience. He has contributed to 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 all 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 disappointment.

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