2018 was a special year for me – a year of massive highs, and naturally, a couple of lows. To create some context, however, I’m going to step back in time somewhat. I bought my first digital camera – a
Ever since that summer of 2016, that baptism of fire in the W
Upon moving home I invested in a Fuji XT1 mirrorless system. It’s like a DSLR yet foregoes the internal mirror – this helps make the camera a whole heap smaller and it’s been a godsend for someone who is constantly on the move and doesn’t want to be held back by the weight or size of their gear.
In January I had a pretty bad accident whilst riding at Mount Buller and sustained a pretty severe AC separation. It needs surgery however I’ve been putting it off and making do. Forced time off riding had a silver lining in the way that I had all this energy pent up and was able to channel that into photography as I spent most of the summer and racing season off the bike. Rachel was intent on racing at all the events, so to make them more enjoyable I started shooting more.
Over the wintertime after a solid few months of
As my shoulder healed up and the sun poked out again I’ve caught the riding bug again. I’m finding I’m leaving the camera at home more often. “Just riding” has become a more deliberate activity. I entered my first races this year and was pretty stoked to take the win overall in Challenger Mens for the Shimano EMS series along with winning the first two legs of the EWS Oceania continental series in Challenger mens. Rachel and I will be heading to Derby, Rotorua and Whistler this year to compete in the EWS – Rach in pro womens and myself in the 80 events with hopes to still make it out and cover the pro events.
I’d like to invest more time and energy into both riding and photography. I plan to race this summer in Amateur/expert with the hopes of stepping up to elite next summer. I’d also like to grow as a photographer; my main goal to develop a more unique style and space in the already niche outdoor sports and adventure photography industry. Ultimately I know trying to succeed at both means compromising both, so for now, I’ll be taking each day as it comes along the same path and your guess is as good as mine as to what the future holds.
For now, I’m just stoked I get to travel the country and soon the world with my now fiancé (more on that below) riding bikes, going to beautiful locations and meeting wonderful people.
It’s not a path that’s always comfortable, and I can vouch that it’s certainly not for the net profit (that’ll be a big red number), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
For my 2018 highlights I opted to do something a little different, grouping some images into points in time that tell a story about my year and why that occasion meant so much to me. I think at times we get lost in the point of photography; which for me is the memories and stories that are evoked by the images. I love shooting the races, but I love the travel and the people more. After all, that’s why we do what we do, day in, day out, right?
Photo 1 – Bubbles
The racing scene can become overly serious sometimes. If you’ve been to a VDHS round before you’ll likely
Photo set 2 – Bright Nationals
The bright nationals were the pinnacle event for my calendar year as far as race photography goes. As Matt Rousu mentioned, they have a reputation for putting on some stunning light shows in the afternoon, particularly with all the dust flying.
For the photo of Troy
Photo set 3 – Lake Mountain
For me personally, mountain biking is about the places and the people, and these photos take me back to an all-time day with a great friend. Sam and I headed up to Lake Mountain to try and catch some good conditions – the forecast had predicted light snows overnight and we were hoping the dirt would be dark and tacky. It’s not about the
Photo set 4 – Derby
What can be said, that hasn’t already? Derby is the epicentre of Australian trail riding right now, and for good reason. The place is a work of art. I’ve since looked at several properties since returning home, and still dream about buying there and spending my days working within a community that adores mountain biking. From the van ride up to the Blue Tier, to stunning views over Derby from the renowned trouty slab, its all pure magic. All Images shot on Fuji XT1 with Samyang 12mm.
Photo 5 – Hannah at the Cathedral ranges
I’m not just interested in mountain bike photography, yet rather anything to do with outdoor pursuits, wilderness and adventure sports. This is my
Photo set 6 – Bright
Rounding out my 2018 highlights was a winter trip to Bright Rach and I took in July. I’d had a ring handcrafted by the local
These are by no means my best technical photos – most of my proudest photos were taken in Whistler 2017,
Thanks for taking the time to read through, Here’s to 2019!