For about 3 years I’ve been working on cycling culture documentary here in Colorado. And for those same number of years I have also managed to neglect the mountain biking community. This season I got back on the mountain bike saddle for the first time in awhile. This is where I started my passion for bikes. On the trail. There seems to never be an exact plan for my photography but in this scenario I have high hopes to continue documenting a sport I truly love. Thanks for looking.
I had every intention of making something different from this years Blue Sky Velo Cup in Longmont,Colorado. The weather seemed to have other intentions. I will fully admit that I’m not too great at lighting. That will change over time. One idea I had was to make black and white portraits of racers after they finished their races rather than the typical coverage I often lean on as a crutch. Long story short I was only able to make a few portraits before the weather got windy and rainy. Maybe next time. Thanks to all the racers and race directors that assisted in attempting to make this happen. Here are a few frames.
For the last couple of years I’ve been entertaining myself while working on what I believe to be my ever evolving style. The vehicle for this has been a loose documentary based on the Colorado bicycle culture. All will eventually be represented as I envision this to last well into my career. Lately, I’ve been tied up with an achilles tendon injury so the only thing I’ve been creating is a plan. A plan to get back out there as soon as possible to continue the documentation. Through a network of classmates and social media I was extremely fortunate enough to have parts of this project published in American Photo Magazine this month. I cannot thank all of the folks involved for giving a damn about something I thought no one even cared or knew about. It’s an honor. Anyway, here are the pages from the magazine but you should go out and buy one yourself. I bought three.
A couple of months ago my co-worker, Steve Nowland, and I decided to shoot a quick promotional film for a local bike sharing program called B-Cycle here in Denver. We decided to go with the stop motion look and shot over 8,000 frames by the time it was all said and done. Some cameras were mounted to the bike itself while others were hand-held by Steve. We shot this in a day and pieced it together in Final Cut Pro in a couple more days. Have a look.
I’ve never been one to make images of subjects performing for the camera but last night had me thinking while out at the weekly cruiser ride in downtown Denver. I started to think about camera awareness in relation to the given subject. Many of the folks like to get in my field of view and perform for the camera usually I let them do their thing and politely move on and observe from a distance until they forget about my being there. I started to look at several of these images with the mindset that these kids are just being themselves regardless of them looking into my camera or not. In a way every subject alters their behavior when a camera is present sometimes we just fail to notice so. The ideal situation of true personality often shines through after continually documenting one subject for a prolonged period of time. This is trust. As photojournalists we live for this. People letting us into their lives. For now enjoy some canned moments alongside of some visual observations. Cheers.
Not too many of these types left in the days of automated laser guided machinery. My goal with this overall cycling project has always been about the people behind the bike. This is Joe Depaemelaere. Much like a freelance photographer he is the marketing, production, human resources, builder,and general creative vision behind Primus Mootry Bicycles based in Longmont,Colorado. His craft started as a hobby and has progressed over the years. Please enjoy having a look into the shop. Thanks Joe.
Made my way back over the the indoor Velodrome again the other day. We showed up late hoping for a scheduled race but soon found out that only two of them bothered to come that night. Regardless, they still raced until exhaustion.
That’s all for Colorado’s cyclocross season for 2009. One more post before I move onto another part of the Colorado Cycling Culture project. Bet you’re glad,right? So cold,so very cold it was on Saturday in Arvada. Not cold enough apparently to stop these amazing men and women from riding their bikes. Thanks for having me everyone. Cheers.
This was a question I asked myself yesterday at the RRV Cyclocross series in Golden,Colorado yesterday. I headed out yesterday morning with one goal in mind. Make no pictures with people riding bikes. I wanted to get down to the supporters and character of the sport. Turns out it was very slim pickings. Oh well. Next week’s state championships could provide more character. Here are a few from yesterday. Enjoy.
The Blue Sky Velo Cup was a ghoulishly good time this weekend. Mud,mud, and more mud made for some exciting and colorful moments. Here are a few from my take.