You’ve hopefully come to realise that one of the unique selling points that we have here at crankandpiston is our pictures. To us quality automotive culture and information needs to be interspersed with copious amounts of stunning colour to bring any story/post to life.

One of our other passions is finding guys such as Tareq Zakrya Abuhajjaj. Tareq is based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and he is a man after our own heart. At the ripe age of 25 years young, he is already producing stunning images that take us on a journey through automotive culture in the Kingdom.

We couldn’t help ourselves when we stumbled across his work recently… so after a couple of emails and a Facebook chat later, we bring to you a beautiful collection of his work and some insight into what sparked the love affair with taking photos:

How long have you been taking pictures?
I started taking pictures in 2005 with semi- professional cameras.

Why did you start?
I started as a graphic designer, which got me interested in pictures and photography in general. Throw in my love for cars, I very quickly started to take pictures of cars and races in Saudi Arabia, specifically in and around Riyadh. I continue to hone my skills and started to specializing in car photography.

What are your passions?
Cars, Photography and Design.

Who other car photographers do you admire
In Saudi Arabia I’m a big fan Abdulla Alrodhan. There are a lot of other photographers on flickr that also keep me inspired such as:
- Murphy Photography.
- Mishari Alreshaid.
- ThomvdN.

What camera do you use and what is tucked away in your goodie bag?
I have Two cameras both are Nikon:

- Nikon D700
- Nikon D90

Tucked away in the bag:

- MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Grip
- Speedlight SB-900
- Nikkor 24-120mm Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
- Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF
- Nikon AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8
- Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro-NIKKOR
- Sigma 8mm EX DG Fisheye
- Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 DC
- Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG

Which car have you not shot that you would love to?
Actually, I would like to have a chance to shoot many cars like: Ferrari Enzo, Bugatti Veyron, Ford GT. However it is the Bugatti that attracts me the most.

What do you drive?
I have a Ford Fusion 2010 now! But always dream of the next set of wheels.

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks and months as Tareq will be sharing with us some superb stuff and giving you an insight into the auto world in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Check out our full gallery HERE

For Phil it's all about the car, the quality of content and the story. Having experienced life on both sides of the automotive business, the unbridled urge to set up his own unique motoring website led to crankandpiston.com being founded in his spare room. The rest as they say is history.

Phil McGovern

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