This is a design/layout that I’ve spent a couple of days on and just finished tonight. The motorcycle is a 1981 Honda CB750 Custom that belongs to my friend Justynn Willingham. I shot the photo with my trusty Chinon CM-5 35mm SLR on Fuji Superia 400 film.
As you may or may not know, I’ve really fell in love with motorcycles over the last year or so. Especially the almighty cafe racer, of both the Japanese and British variety. While actually getting one and learning to ride has been and continues to be an obstacle, that hasn’t stopped me from learning as much as I can about them and photographing them as much as possible. Besides being around them in real life, the main things that have driven my hunger for these machines are some of the classic motorcycle websites that I get updates from in my email every day and spend hours studying, such as BIKE EXIF and Iron & Air. Whether you’re a fan of vintage motorcycles or photography or both, there’s something there you’ll love. They’ve both been a great inspiration for me, and i’m really working towards getting some exposure and making this more than a hobby.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking of ways to take more pictures of the kinds of bikes that I love. One great idea is attending motorcycle shows. My girlfriend and I attended the Battle of the Brits motorcycle show up in Orchard Lake, Michigan earlier this month and it was AWESOME. I’ve never seen so many vintage motorcycles in one place! I took roughly 300 pictures that day, some of which can be seen on my flickr and in an earlier post. There’s a very small portion of them on there so far, with many more to come. Another idea i’ve been throwing around is possibly putting an ad on Craigslist where I ask to come shoot peoples’ bikes for free and then maybe work out some sort of deal on prints if they’re interested. We’ll see how that goes. I’m always weary of the crazies on Craigslist. Hope you enjoy!
See more from the shoot with Justynn HERE.
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