KIWI RIDER 05 2018 VOL.1 - Page 51

“We’re really just fans who happen to have a skill that gets us closer to the action than most people”. With that in mind, I try hard to enjoy the experience rather than get completely consumed by staring at the world through a viewfinder. Taking the time to stand back and take in what’s going on quite often opens your eyes to things that you might otherwise miss and that’s when you get the sort of photo that actually tells a story. And really that’s what being a photographer is about, you’re trying to tell a story. The track itself is where you’ll capture those little moments that pass too quickly for the eye to see as a bike and rider scream by at over 200km/h. A photo can show the front wheel pawing at the ground, the rider’s eyes looking to the next corner or the rear tyre deforming under load at full lean. These things just happen too fast for you to see in real time, but a photo can capture that detail and make art out of the dynamic. I’m probably best known for shots where it looks like I’m trying to crop most of the bike out of the frame and concentrate the focus on the rider. It’s just that I think the rider and how they interact with the bike is a lot more interesting than the bike itself when it comes to track shots. And a still photo can really emphasise that. Off track, some of the best photos which tell a story can be found in pit lane, in the paddock or on the grid where there’s always something going on as the teams get on with their work and unexpected Words & photos: Nick Edards, www.halflightphotographic.com.au KIWI RIDER 51