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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