In the Beginning

This picture has a lot of sentimental value to me.  It’s solely responsible for getting me interested in photography and it’s one of the only memories I have left of my first “real” mountain bike.  I was in a photojournalism class and was really interested in learning how to use my camera, but wasn’t having much luck and was feeling a little discouraged.  Our assignment was “motion” and we had just gone over a lesson on panning, the idea of moving the camera while you take the picture to blur the background.  I grabbed my friend and tossed him on my bike and headed out to try and get a shot.  This was more than 10 years ago, so I was shooting film and doing all the processing and printing myself.  I took about 20 frames and I had to wait all weekend to process the film on Monday and see if I got anything.  When I look at this picture now I’m not as impressed as I was 10 years ago, but it was my first taste of success and it motivated me to keep learning.  It’s also a great example of preserving a moment in time to reminisce about later.  The bike was stolen, those woods are a gas station, Nick doesn’t wear soccer shorts anymore, but it’s all preserved forever in this one image.  I know the image is below my current standards, but the weight of the memory makes this one of my favorite pictures.


  1. well, I might have been riding at what appears to be warp speed with no helmet, but don’t say we weren’t safety conscious…check out the full reflector set keeping me visible to other traffic!

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