An old friend of mine asked me to photography his VW Golf Mk4.
I know photographing sunset lit images are cliche and a sin for photographers, but this was all for fun.
A month ago, James from The 5th Floor, Glasgow came to me with an idea for a film that would take me back to Scotland, and I didn’t have to think twice about it.
Originally this was going to be a perfect opportunity for me to get some work done for a client, but when they didn’t come through with the goods I knew it meant I was free and given complete creative freedom. In hindsight this came more enjoyable.
When James and I started looking for locations we had only one thing in mind…MOUNTAINS, but I think I speak for us both when I say we was not expecting what we found.
Dubbed one of the hardest road climb in the UK, Bealach Na Bà is a pass that winds it’s way through the Applecross Peninsula. Climbing 2,054ft in 6 miles, the pass is one of the only remaining roads that was engineered after the roads of the Alps. With Hairpin turns and 20% grades, we knew we had found the perfect location. The next thing was the crew.
James gather a strong group of his riding buddies that all come from different disciplines of riding, amongst them was, Tim Pulleyn from The North Race in which this ride was in collaboration with.
Having had the pleasure of meeting him briefly last year, I knew he’d bring something to the table.
We was also fortunate enough to have some solid support from Alec Farmer of Trakke, a bag company that is based in Glasgow and uses british sourced material to create everything in his collection…my sort of company.
In addition, we had photograher, Szymon Nieborak. Having recently made the cover of Dirt Mag, I kew he would be producing some quality images, I was more worried of getting in his way.
With everything planned and dates set, all that was left was the ride.
I’ve had the great opportunity to film and photograph in some incredible places, but I’ll forever have a place in my heart for Scotland. It has some of the most beautiful landscape that the British Isles has to offer and it’s amazes me that the majority of people don’t even think about visiting. Then again, maybe thats a good thing.
I’m stoked to have worked on this project and with a fantastic group of riders and support crew and I looking forward to my next adventure up north beyond the boarder.
(Head over to vimeo for information about the video and the involved blogs for their stories)
I had some left over clips that didin’t get used in the short film, Wayfare, so I decided to throw them all together to make a short and quick video.
Just something for myself more than anything but I hope you enjoy.
Dave & Lynn’s apartment, Brooklyn, New York.
The last image I took while on my New York adventure, and the last image I’ll be posting from this trip.
I just want to say a huge thank you to both Dave and Lynn for being incredible hosts and letting me crash on their sofa bed for 2 weeks. And, NYC for being such an incredible city.
Big thanks to everyone for your support, it means a lot.