So, this is my new blog. I suppose I should start out by telling you a little about where/how the idea(s) for this bad boy came along…
It all started on a dark and stormy night. I gazed out a window as raindrops raced down the glass. In the distance lightning cracked the sky and lit the world without a sound…no…that’s not right at all…it was actually really hot and humid. And everyone around me was speaking different languages. Okay, let me start over.
Last Summer I was lucky enough to spend 3-weeks in Spain. It. Was. Incredible. I traveled all over Spain. I went from Southern towns and cities like Sevilla and Cordoba to Northern cities like San Sebastian (my absolute favorite) and Bilbao. I also spent time in the Central cities like Madrid and Segovia and Eastern coastal cities like Barcelona and Sitges. Overall, I spent 22 days roaming around Spain eating amazing food, seeing incredible sites, and taking an insane amount of pictures. 6,000 of them.
While I was there something odd happened. I fell in love. I had heard stories of the lure of the Spanish women, cuisine, and lifestyle and been cautioned to protect my heart, but none had warned me of the bikes. WHAT?!? That’s right, I said it, the bikes (which is a really strange thing to fall in love with) but it’s true. It was the oddest thing. I was surrounded by magnificent cathedrals and gorgeous beaches, and despite this, I spent most of my time taking pictures of bikes.
Thinking back, it was in Barcelona that my love affair began. I remember thinking it was so strange to see so many abandoned bicycles. They were chained up everywhere. Their weathered frames and deflated tires, the ocean air really did a number on those poor things. Yet, the eroding paint and rusting metal made them unique and I saw them as an incredible subject. Below are a couple of shots of bikes I saw in Spain. Here is the completed series.
So, I took lots of pictures of bikes in Spain. They were everywhere, too many to stop and take pictures of, (my stupid vacation was getting in the way of my photography-firstworldproblems). But then I came home and I stopped taking pictures of bikes and started doing super-boring, and terrible, portraits –gagg-. When I finally realized how artistically unfulfilling this was, I did something even more terrible, I stopped taking pictures all together…
That’s why I’m starting this blog. I want to make time and space to pursue my passion. Well, several of them.
Here’s what I’m hoping I’ll get out of this blog:
- Make/take more time for taking pictures (of bikes).
- (subsequently) Become a better photographer
- Create a hub for new photographic techniques to try and reflect on
- Participate in the local bike scene more (I live in a small town with an incredible biking community)
- Find more dude-bros and guidettes to blog/bike/shoot with
So, yeah…That’s my intro and I’m sticking to it. Or something like that. Now I’m going to stop gabbing on about it, grab my gear, and do work.