A few weeks back now we traveled down to the New Forest for what we expected to be a chilled Sunday dirt jump session with Jack Gear, when most of the UK’s best Dirt Jump talent turned up and started throwing down some huge stuff on the soft sandy Lymington trails, we couldn’t stop snapping! Here’s a few teaser shots, Check the rest at http://www.facebook.com/ImagesbyFin
Over the past few weeks we have been spending our evenings out in the freezing woodlands and quarries of Somerset with Chris Smith.
He has been given a brand new set of bike lights which could burn your retina and are brighter than the sun. We wanted to put the lights and Chris to the test, So we set out to get some long exposure, high action night time photographs. Chris is the ultimate professional and will push himself until he gets the perfect extension or shape in the air which created some beautiful looking photos. We are super excited to show you guys the shots, we were able to get super creative with some of them. They will be being released in a Magazine near you, verrrry soon.
Jack @ Images by Fin.
On a mad day of two halves, right on the point of Portland island just off of Weymouth bay, Fin, me (Jack) and the Andrei Burton Events team went hunting for some dramatic, dangerous looking trials shots. What we came away with was thoroughly unexpected.
Our journey down through the west country was a wet one. When i say wet i mean cataclysmic rain storms battering the car, huge rolling thunder storms and lightening that light up the dark spray spewing motorways. Not exactly perfect weather for a day by the seaside, let alone with 3 highly talented riders who put their lives at risk by riding on the craggiest/highest/most precarious rocks possible and 10 grands worth of camera equipment and lighting. On arriving at Portland the only thing to do was sit in the cafe and stare miserably out the rain lashed window, sipping tea and chatting over what we could be doing. We were sat there for around 2 hours before the rain started to ease off, all of us had made quite a journey to get there and we all wanted to see at least a bit of rubber on rock action. So as soon as the rain turned to drizzle, coats were pulled on, waterproof camera covers were dug out and everyone pulled up their socks to get the job done. We did not expect what came next; a colossal bank of blue sky far out to sea, but heading our way, fast. Within 20 minutes that blue sky was above us and the sun blazed, from deluge to drought in 20 minutes, incredible.
The sunshine was a real catalyst for action. Tourists emerged bleary eyed from the cafe to explore the stunning coastline and marvel at Andrei and Joe’s incredible skill at riding lines across this challenging landscape. A particular eye catcher was when Andrei climbed out onto a gigantic rock stack jutting out into the sea and, in collaboration with Joe and Jack, threw some huge simultaneous bunny hops above the angry swirling sea 100 ft below.
Joe also pulled some massive hops out on the point of the headline on a small-car sized rock, perfectly in time with crashing waves just meters away. To achieve the shot, Fin himself had to climb down the shoreline and get very close indeed to said crashing waves, creating some interesting ‘soggy camera’ moments but one of my personal favorite shots of the day.
After a thoroughly impressive trials session we left Andrei and Joe in the car park throwing themselves at the roof of their team van to go and get some natural street style riding with dirt jumper Jack Gear. The Portland environment is not where Jack is happiest but he was still super keen to ride (he always is!) so we went on a hunt to find something on this wind blown part of the dorset coast that Jack could ride. We stumbled across a slab of rock sticking out of the ground at an (almost) perfect angle to throw some big airs off the top. The only trouble being there was no transition from grass to rock so after a few small flat rocks were strategically placed, Jack was ready to ride. We positioned the camera so we were looking straight across at the lighthouse, giving the effect Jack was jumping over the lighthouse, the shots were coming out great and Jack was having a laugh until one little of slip of a rock spoiled our fun. Jack had ridden the feature about 4 times and was just starting to feel comfortable and even talking of some tricks when he cranked into it for the 5th time, pulling up as he hit the rock to fly off the top, the small rock he used as a transition slipped out of place as his front wheel passed over it, meaning his back wheel slammed full on into the rock face catapulting Jack way over the bars, head over heals over the top of the rock and monkeying his way down the other side, the bike flipping its way towards the lights… close shave! The impact was too much for Jacks back wheel which took the full force of the crash. Jack was fine but the bike was not so lucky and that marked the end of his riding for the day.
We had loads of fun shooting on Portland with the AB events guys, Andrei took us to loads of secret hidden away training spots across the island he uses to hone his skills for the events he rides throughout the year. From quarries to craggy coastlines to abandoned prisons, Portland certainly is a trails riders haven.
We have had three of the images from the day published in Flipside Magazine, all of which are double page spreads which is awesome! Be sure to pick up a copy and check out the shots. We are in the 9 front pages!
We will also hopefully soon get the rest of the images published, we will keep you posted about when and where that will be!
Jack @ Images by Fin
We have our article and photos published in the November issue of MBUK!
Over the last few months we have been collaborating with a group of disabled mountain bikers called ‘Rough Riderz’. We worked closely with them to produce this article and raise awareness for their new breed of ‘Gravity Bike’. It’s being put into production via Swansea University and the Swansea Gower college who helping to drive the price down from a previously unattainable £8000 to much more reasonably priced machine.
Be sure to pick up a copy and have a read. We’re really happy to be working with such driven characters and help the guys promote their sport.
Last week we got a call from Jack letting us know he was up in our part of the country riding one of his many shows he does up and down the country. He was at the Fairford Air Tattoo riding with trials rider Rich Pearson, we blearily hot footed it up there, wayyy too early for a Sunday morning.
As we arrived just as the Avro Vulcan took off, quite possibly the loudest thing i have ever heard! The air was crackling and popping with the insane sound of this thing, and we were about 2 miles away in the car park! The people next to the run way must of have felt like they were in a Tyson fight. Jack came to meet us and took us to their part of the show ground, perfectly placed next to the Tea and Biscuit tent. We scoped out some shots and got acquainted with having to stop mid sentence as various planes took off or landed. Jack and Rich have a great set up, Rich’s scaffolding boxes and stands placed just behind the run-in for Jack’s ramp and the van tucked neatly between the two, blaring lairy tunes from the P.A system.
The shows they run are a well oiled and smooth running affair, both doing 5 moves each, egging each other on as they go. Jack warms up with a smooth table and the audience are already transfixed. Rich gets up on the landing ramp and starts chatting away to the audience, casually balancing on the back wheel. The show then really gets going with Tailwhips, No-handers, Backflips and even Backflips X-ups from Jack and some huge side hops, nose stalls, bunnyhops and 8 foot track stands from Rich. Impressive stuff, especially as we are scurrying around the various obstacles generally getting in the way, trying to get the best angles and getting a bit close for comfort at times. Jack then pulls 3 eager looking participants out of the audience and places them, with a confident looking Rich, in-between his ramp and the landing. “Who wants to see a backflip??” Rich asks the crowd through the tannoy. Im not sure they had a choice, Jack lives off backflips, they are his bread and butter. Just as easily as he has made everything else look, he peddles towards the ramp, pulls back and, at his most inverted point, looks straight down at the three kids from the audience directly underneath him. What a finale!
What a morning! Dramatic clouds, huge tricks and some serious aeronautical skills, could a photographer ask for more? A big thanks goes out to Jack Gear and Rich Pearson for hooking us up with free entry and some great riding. It was just a shame we then rushed home to watch Murray have his ass whooped by Federer, not surprised, but still it would of finished the day off nicely.
We hope you enjoy the photos!
Here they are:
Today we got into the office and had a brand new shiny Mountain Biking UK waiting for us on the desk! This is because our photography is featured in a 7 page article of the magazine called ‘Ride and Seek’. Unfortunately we have been named as Phil Davies, a small mistake as this is the name of our main photographer, he also gets called Phill Davies, Phil Davis, Phillip Davis Photographer and Phillipe Davidio… er, ok, maybe the last one was a lie. But be sure to check out ‘Images by Fin’ to check out more of our work. Look out for a small ‘Fin’ in many more Mountain Biking articles to come!
Phill Davies aka Fin “lifestyle photographic artist”
The important in his descriptive title is ‘artist’. First and foremost that is what he is. An artist of the first degree that uses his work as a springboard in the production of his art. All of the work of this ‘stylish creator’ has ended up with his trademark form of conception. His abilities to adapt all kinds of awareness of his client’s needs/requests/attributes have held him at the top of his field consistently. This has given Fin an almost perpetual amount of intrigued and expectant clients. All of whom were not just intrigued by the final outcome of his work but of the experience as a whole.
His ability to see, feel and to relate to his clients on various levels has earned him an extensive amount of respect and admiration.
How Fin is, how he works, his passion and perception relate to all his work and I think his work displayed in this web site speaks for itself.
‘The eternal artist’ by Lynn Knight