a love letter to cars

Miguel Olfindo


Miguel started daydreaming about cars during his pre-teens; the Miami Vice era. With no access to sports cars in the real world, he played racing simulators like Test Drive and Indianapolis 500 to scratch his itch. 

His exposure to computer games led to his romance with technology. With his tendency of being curious, he became a tinkerer - first breaking gadgets, then learning from his errors to fix them. He later hung out in the neighborhood computer shop to learn more and offered an extra hand when needed. 

Miguel's first love with four wheeled machines never ceased though, and at the age of 14, learned to drive a real car, a white '89 Nissan Sentra. With speed limits in the village, speed was not an option, but thankfully, Gran Turismo was born. 

Forward to college, Miguel met Kaye, who unknowingly taught him the basics of photography. From the college boy who didn't know what to do with his life, Miguel found his purpose and completely fell madly in love with both the girl, and the art of capturing light. 

In 1999, Miguel started his career as a photographer and video editor while in college. Magazine editorials, student projects, wedding anniversaries, and any other work within his skills to make a living, with late night Gran Turismo sessions in between jobs till sunrise. 

2012, New Media Factory (NMFtv), a podcast production outfit, was co-founded by Miguel and later assumed the post of Chief Executive. His hands-on approach with the creatives department throughout the years gave him the ammo to slowly transition NMFtv to higher quality production values. 

Cars, being one of his early dreams, always felt like a missing piece in Miguel's list of production accomplishments. He always dreamt of photographing cars, whether in stills or in motion. 

On a routine day, Miguel was offered a Peugeot RCZ to shoot, no expectations. He immediately jumped the opportunity and together with his partners, Opus Macchina was born out of sheer passion for cars and their drive to improve the quality of imagery, sound, environment, and art.