Mini adventures with toy cars
Kim Leuenberger is covering the Goodwood Revival, which starts on Friday, where she will be photographing some of the most expensive cars ever produced, as well as capturing the nostalgia of motoring. Yet she is more used to shooting far smaller models - toy cars set in the landscape.
The series, called Travelling Cars, began more than four years ago when, having received a camera for her birthday, Leuenberger took some pictures of toys, including the blue van as seen above, for a project to raise awareness about autism that was running on image-sharing platform Instagram.
"When I posted on Instagram the feedback was so positive that I continued taking that blue van everywhere I travelled. Then with time, I bought more cars," says Leuenberger .
While travelling she soon added a red Vespa in Tuscany and a yellow beetle in Catalunya, which was when she hit upon the title for the project - Travelling Cars' Adventures.
"Since then, my parents and I have been buying more cars to add to my collection wherever we travel," she says. "I think I own more than 50 models now, and they've been in more than 15 different countries and countless different regions.
"I do it for the fun, mostly, because I love travelling, plunging into another world and playing creatively with my camera. I think the style of the cars I choose reminds us of a beautiful past and have a positive nostalgic feel to them.
"I'm not trying to make believe these cars are real, I'm just trying to make people smile, enjoy another type of voyage and open their mind to adventure."
"I have a huge penchant to take pictures of the cars with water and one day, a wave took my car away and I've never found it again."
Leuenberger's work has been picked up by a number of companies, having travelled to Scotland with a team of Instagram users for Olympus, covering Goodwood Revival for Leica as well as other work for tourism boards.
She has just returned from Emilia Romagna in northern Italy where she has been taking pictures of miniature cars of the region. "It's been so funny how people always look at me as if I was crazy," she says.
Here is a small selection of images from the project.