29 May Ross Garrett and Warren van Rensburg take the Ford Ranger on a Photographic Adventure
A while ago Ford approached us with the challenge to capture their Ranger in a new light and we‘re very excited to finally share the results with you. For this we recruited photographers Ross Garrett and Warren van Rensburg, who decided to interpret the tagline Go Further literally and drove all the way to the border of Lesotho in the Ranger, using it as both a subject and makeshift studio along the way. The result of their three day road trip is a series of bold, graphic and sometimes abstract images that show the versatility of the car in a fresh way. We asked Ross and Warren to report back from the road, so here’s a first-hand account of what went down:
Three days, two photographers, one Ford Ranger Three bags of smoke bombs, two tents, and one case of beer Three litre engine, two drivers and one orange paper roll Three Basotho blankets, two camera bags and one valid passport. We had the best laid plan. But as the saying goes, these often go awry. That plan was to make our way through the Mkhomazi Wildlife area, up Sani Pass and through Lesotho towards Butha Buthe. The problem was, one of us (Warren!) had forgotten to check our passport until the night before embarking on the three day mission. Not to worry, we decided to make our way from the base of Sani Pass in a North Easterly direction around Lesotho as close to the border as we could possibly go. Because of the massive watershed known as The Drakensberg, this wasn’t going to be as close as we had hoped. The good news is, we found every dirt road imaginable and decided to explore. The first night found us camping at Loteni at the base of the Little Berg in the Southern Drakensberg mountains. After wrecking most of our orange paper roll trying to shoot portraits in the wind, we decided that the paper roll was best suited to a crumpled orange blob in the Drakensberg landscape. We also thought that driving images in black and white juxtaposed with graphic colour images were quite nice and a theme started to present itself. So, as we made our way north, we took turns driving and shooting and shooting and driving. Orange presented itself fairly regularly and an abundance of dirt road and mountain passes made shooting the Ranger fairly easy. By the second night we had decided to push through to Golden Gate National Park as we had wanted shoot Sentinal Peak in the afternoon. A golden sunset welcomed us. Flames lapped the meat as we assessed the pictures from the last two days. A thoroughly enjoyable assignment.
Ford has been revealing the images on their Instagram over the past week. Have a look here or at #Ranger10and5. See more of Ross’ work at rossgarrett.net and Warren’s at warrenvanrensburg.viewbook.com.