This one was shot a few years ago at an LA street jam. It’s Mike “Hucker” Clark sending it for the long jump contest. The vibe of these jams is always pretty rad and it’s just all about getting a huge crew of riders together to cruise the city. Of course, tons of riding goes down and this spot in particular provided some serious entertainment. Actually right after this photo was taken my shutter blew out and had to be fully replaced for the first time.
As a photographer I am always searching out ways to set myself apart and create content that people will be into. It’s one of the biggest challenges as a photographer and one of the hardest parts about it to be honest. Especially these days when everyone has a camera of some sort with them on a regular basis whether it be a digi-cam or an iphone and life is being documented by the minute. It’s a mix of doing what makes you happy and trying to figure out what will make viewers happy as well. That’s where this new “A different perspective” idea came from. Over the years I have interviewed tons of pro riders about anything and everything except one important topic. What is it like from their perspective to go out and shoot with a photographer? What it is that makes one person better to shoot with than others? I have always wondered about what goes on inside a riders mind before they prepare to shoot a crazy banger and put all of their trust into the photographer. I linked up with a few of my personal favorite riders at X Games and asked them to let me snap a shot of them for my $5 Kodak for a future project I was working on. Well, to be honest at the time I didn’t know what I was going to use the photos for but after some brainstorming it became obvious that the photos would be a perfect way to introduce this feature. See what Drew Bezanson, Dennis Enarson and Brian Kachinsky all had to say for the first edition of “A different perspective.”
For this week’s feature I wanted to do something different and put together an exclusive gallery from the time I spent working on the #MCNLBC article for Soul Magazine. I went through my folder of files and ended up stumbling upon this mix of photos that seemed to work well together. Whenever you invest a decent amount of time into a project you are always going to have an overload of photos that end up sitting around for no reason other than the fact that you can only fit so many photos in a single article in a magazine. Instead of letting them disappear into the darkness of my archives I figured I would let them see the light of day and get some shine time. Sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the gallery.
This week’s feature is going to be a little bit different than most and a bit of collaboration between The Union and Mongoose. I recently headed a few hours north of Los Angeles to shoot the Mongoose Team Jam up at Woodward West in Tehachapi. It was three days of shredding and nothing short of a good time. I was originally just going to cruise up and shoot a gallery for the site but at the last minute I was asked to shoot the entire event for Mongoose and of course I wasn’t going to turn that opportunity down so I ended up being pretty slammed with work over the course of three days. When it all comes down to it if you get to shoot photos, have fun, chill with some good friends and even sneak in a session or two and consider it “work” it would be hard not to have a good time. But enough about that just hit the link and get an inside look at what went down at the contest.
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If you have any interest in pursuing BMX photography or photography in general you will eventually need to learn how to prepare for trips, know how to pack your gear, and be ready to handle whatever project it is you may be working on. One of the main reasons that I love writing this column is the fact that each feature seems to come out pretty organically. For the most part I don’t plan ahead, and I typically won’t work on a column until the night before. For example it’s 12:23AM and I am just getting started writing this week’s feature. Sure, it may not seem like the best idea to put off a deadline until the very last minute or to wait until the bitter end to come up with an idea and then stay up until the sun rises working on it but to me, that is the best part about it. Each week the same mountain is put in front of me and I have to climb it every time no matter what I did in the days leading up to it, no matter how tired or burnt out I may be or no matter how big of a case of writers block I may be experiencing at the time. This is the 23rd TTL and I just wanted to send a shout-out to all of the people who have emailed me and said good things about the column, all of the companies who support The Union, and anyone who can appreciate what it takes to make it in the photo game these days; now onto TTL #23.
There has always been something intriguing to me about getting some behind the scenes details on a photo. I don’t know what it is about it but I just get stoked on seeing exactly how someone shot a specific photo and get a little insight into the process. I suppose it has something to do with the fact that every photographer shoots a little differently, which in turn makes each story unique in its own way. I can remember studying photos in magazines and borderline obsessing about the way that they were shot and honestly over the years not much has changed. I still find myself getting lost in photos to this day with the same level of curiosity that I had when I first started shooting. With that said, enjoy round two of WYDK.
It’s no mystery that when you get to a certain level in the photography game one of your goals is most likely going to be to sell some of your photos. It’s a pretty rad feeling and it never gets old to be honest. I have been selling photos for quite some time now and it’s always an amazing feeling when someone pays you for something that you created. If you feel like your work is on par with what you see in the magazines then that might be a sign you are ready to start putting a price on your work. If you are looking to get some inside advice to help you get your start or just curious as to how the process works keep on reading.