I had driven past this scene earlier in the week and made a mental note to go back with my camera to make a an image. It struck me as a scene that would work well as a black and white photograph.
The Rider | The Portrait Series Begins
Dave and Ellie Sims of Wood Village, Oregon, are the first riders to be featured in my new portrait series, The Rider. Both riders are on the Can-Am Spyder Limited, Dave's a 2014 and Ellie's is a 2015. Each are pulling a trailer behind their Spyders with Dave's trailer sporting a fold out tent on top.
I like that the first portrait session for this series was of a couple and that each road their own three wheeler, something a bit different to kick things off. I am hoping to photograph riders on all types of bikes, it really doesn't matter what the machine is, it's the passion for life on two wheels, in this case three, that matters most.
I met up with the couple last week, at the beginning of their multi month journey across the United States. The couple are riding from Newport Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts on Highway 20, ending at Fenway Park. Their trip then heads north to Vermont, east to Niagara Falls, then on to Chicago to start back across the country on Route 66, up the west coast on 1 and 101 back home to Oregon. That sounds like an amazing multi month adventure and wish them the best and safe ride.
If you would like to be featured in my motorcycle portrait series and get a free portrait as well, please contact me at email@example.com It will be a lot of fun.
For more information about this portrait series www.ridingtheedgephotography.com/blog/the-rider
In this Riding The Edge vlog, I am celebrating 1.000 subscribers to my Youtube channel with a photography outing to the Oregon Cascade mountains. youtu.be/nJp0UOfaRfk
Recently I've been looking through old pictures and videos from motorcycle trips I've taken over the years. I have fond memories of the times I use to set out on motorcycle adventures with friends, Ed, Steve and Rick. Every year we would take a week and travel around the western United States. We camped, ate good food, drank good beer and shared the camaraderie of the open road. I was reminded of a portrait project of riders and their motorcycles I had been wanting to do back then but never got around to starting the project.
I've always felt a deep connection with my motorcycle and the cycling lifestyle. Looking back I realize so much of my identity was shaped by riding year round on a motorbike, in fact, the name of my website and photography business, Riding the Edge Photography, came from those years in the saddle. Eventually I ended up putting near 100,000 miles on my little 750 sport bike and just wore it out. I haven't had a motorbike in quite a while but I still feel that yearning to get back out on the road for another adventure.
I may not be able to get on a motorcycle and head out for a ride but I can start that portrait series and live vicariously through the lovers of life on two wheels.
This personal project is called The Rider, I envision The Rider as being a black and white portrait series that I would like to print in a magazine format, over time becoming a coffee table book. I'd love to photograph a wide variety of motorcyclist and their bikes, cruisers, sport bikes, dirt bikes, trikes, both males and females of all ages.
If you or someone you know has a love for motorcycles and would like a free portrait session with some digital images and would be willing to help me out with this project, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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