Oxford: BMX riders

Written by Nasir Hamid on July 23rd, 2012

Some more images from my series documenting a local BMX ramp and the people that use it. The first images were made in the morning of my first visit there (Saturday), these were made in the afternoon and the following morning (Sunday).  I found that once the sun had moved around in the afternoon the light was a lot less contrasty and perfect for the group shot of the BMX riders. The group shot was not pre-arranged, the riders had arrived while I was setting up for the shot of the two people sitting on the middle of the ramp. I think they were intrigued by the old skool camera I was using but they were naturally cautious when I asked if I could make a group shot of them. I knew the shot would be worthwhile and once I focused the image on the ground glass screen I was sure it would be. Fortunately I had a sheet of Fuji Veliva Transparency film with me so I was able to make a colour image as well but I’ll try to process that later in the summer. The film is quite expired so there’s no knowing how it will turn out.

The shot of the two BMX riders almost didn’t happen. The rider on the right is Pipe Williams, I photographed him on Polaroid earlier in the summer during Eights Week and we’d loosely arranged to meet up at the ramp during the morning. Just when I thought he wasn’t going to show I started to pack my camera away and it was then that he arrived with another rider. I like how this shot has turned out and the sun went behind a cloud just at the right time to reduce the contrast. They’re both sponsored by Stolen BMX, a bike company.

[Tech info:] Wista 10×8 with Sinaron 300mm lens on green sensitive x-ray film, processed in Rodinal 1:50 for 6 mins.

BMX riders.

Pipe Williams (right) with friend.

I forgot to ask these two guys whether they're skateboarders or BMX riders.

This ramp is due to be torn down at the end of the summer and a new one built.

Middle of the ramp.

A behind the scenes shot of the camera I used.

 

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. andy says:

    love these shots – particularly the first one great composition, exposure and feel

  2. Gerard says:

    I like the shapes and symmetry of the middle of the ramp shot. It’s also a neat contrast between the graffiti and the trees…

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