Exclusive Content: Unpublished Photos of Brian Arias’ Civic from Import Tuner Nov. ’11…

These batch of photos are actually pretty old considering the amount of work that has come through my desk already. I usually post up the unpublished photos of various shoots I did a month after they have appeared in print. Somehow this had slipped through the cracks and I noticed I hadn’t posted these up when going through my computer last night. I’ve known about Brian Arias and his Civic for quite a while now but never really considered it for a magazine feature. Okay, that sounds bad, but it’s not. You have to sort of look at the wide spectrum of the Honda community these days and there are just so many builds out there that are way more intricate and just full of parts and custom fabrication. There is just so much competition these days and it’s rare to see a Civic as simple as Brian’s in a magazine. Charles Trieu, the head honcho over at Import Tuner, requested that I find this car and do a story on it for his magazine. I already knew Brian so it was pretty easy to get a hold of him. Charles is more of an old school Honda head. He’s built Hondas in his time as well and his EF was pretty well known from back in the early 2000s. Charles has a bit of a unique eye and likes more simplified builds such as this one so it made sense that he wanted this car. You can almost think of this feature as a “throwback” of sorts in comparison to the Hondas you more commonly see today. It’s remarkably clean and very straight to the point. There isn’t anything over the top on the car and almost has a bit of a timeless feel to it because the parts you see on it would be relevant in any era. I personally love the color on this car and it really shows how clean the paint is in the photos…

I normally don’t like shooting in the valley (818 area), but it’s cool to shoot in other locations that aren’t downtown LA. I had to get this shoot finished during the middle of the week too to meet a deadline so it was just easier to shoot it up in a spot where there wasn’t much traffic and cars passing through. The spot I chose to shoot at is a regular spot of mine, though I don’t know why I shoot there because I am never happy with how the photos come out, haha. It’s just a really cramped area and I don’t like shooting in places where it is very compact. Especially for a darker car such as Brian’s where reflections become a huge factor in the outcome of the photos. All in all, I think these photos came out decent in print. It was my first time shooting for Import Tuner and it was a big deal for me to try to make it look good so that I could continue to get work from Charles. These were published back in November of 2011 but if I remember correctly, it was such much earlier than that, possibly around the middle of 2011.

Same rules apply as usual. You know the routine, click the links below each photo for a larger version. I’ve also taken the liberty of including the other photos that were actually published as well since the ones on the IT site are pretty small in size….

Click here for the original story in Import Tuner…

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Thanks for looking…

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