The 2018 Standox car calendar is titled Comics & Cars. 1970s and 1980s automotive classics - with typical comic strip treatments - feature every month. Each of the calendar’s elaborately detailed images conjures up its own comic book story.
Photographer Ramon Wink, who shot the twelve iconic cars featured in the 2018 Standox calendar, and his colleague Thomas Roth, who was in charge of the special post-production treatments, have combined two elements of global culture: comics and cars. The new calendar for the refinish brand from Wuppertal, Germany, turns automotive classics into the hero or super villain of their very own comic. The special visual effects are heightened by the cars’ gleaming paintwork, which is the focus of the calendar and what gives each photo its own particular ambiance.
The atmospheric images were, in part, only made possible through Roth’s post-production work. March’s image, for example, of one of the last remaining Junkers JU 52 aircraft and a Citroën Type H transporter is a compilation of images that were shot 200 kilometres apart – the two stars of the month only met through the magic of the computer, and it wasn't easy. The plane, nicknamed Aunt Ju, flew from Switzerland to Mainz, Germany, in order to be shot in a dedicated hangar.
Many of the other images were taken on location. The Alfa Romeo Giulia featured for May, was discovered in a scrapyard in such bad condition that it was impossible to restore. It was actually set on fire, which was carried out with the support of the local volunteer fire brigade in Miehlen, Germany, and created a spectacular image.
Standox wall calendars have been created by renowned photographers for over 30 years. They are not available for sale, but are exclusively destined for Standox customers and for friends of the brand. Some of the images can be downloaded as computer wallpaper at http://www.standox.com/wallpapers.
Standox, one of the global refinish coating brands from Axalta Coating Systems, supports its customers with premium product quality and in-depth consultancy to help obtain the best results. As a leading European automotive refinish brand from Wuppertal, Germany, it delivers innovative product systems and superior colour-match accuracy and paint technology. Approvals from major car manufacturers reflect the brand’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. Standox helps professional refinishers achieve right-first-time results.