When I wrote about why I ride I neglected something that’s a large influencer on the why, what and where. It’s seeing a beautiful view, food, city or a person turning themselves inside and out on a climb, I’m influenced by great photography, it makes me buy stuff and want to go places, a marketeers wet dream. The Sommet image has largely been created around inspirational photography from Ian, one of the first photographers whose work made me stop, think and wonder how the hell he saw what he did.
Over the last few years I’ve met more and more talented people, I’m an Instagram addict and every now and then I get lucky, but I’m painfully aware that a good photographer see’s things I never could now matter how hard I try. You can obviously teach the technical stuff and learn how to use the buttons on your fancy camera but you still will not see what these people do. My bike maybe super light, advanced and fast but that doesn’t make me Peter Sagan . The great thing about Instagram is that it’s made me aware of these peoples work and want to find out more about them so I decided to ask a few photographers I know, pro’s and friends to pick a number of their favourite images, not all cycling related just ones they love and a few brief words about them, brief seemed to be a challenge….bloody creatives.
I chose these each of these guys for different reasons, the best way to access their work is through instagram.
I met Sean about three years ago before his career really took off and I’ve loved watching him take over the world. Tristan’s a mate, his Instagram account is all about the life he’s created for himself in Girona, the shots he’s supplied here are not what you might expect. Angelo, a real gentlemen, from chasing the pro’s around Italy to shooting his other love the ballet, a chance meeting at Milan San Remo before realising we’d met before. Peter Clarkson, a friends brother, I loose hours getting lost in his work, it’s not even cycling related. Camille Mcmillan, Rouleur, Rapha, books, exhibtions he’s shot for some of the biggest names in cycling……..and Sommet
Sean Hardy. I approached Sean a few years ago after seeing some of his work on Instagram and Simpson Magazine. He’s gone from strength to strength, now working for large brands, pro teams, magazines.
When I first got involved in cycling photography I was a little too heavy with the black and white edits. I was massively (still am) inspired by Ben Ingham’s work with Rapha and like all people learning to master their craft I reverted back to my comfort zone too often. I have chosen these images because of the colours captured with the one black and white in there for good measure. I initially found it quite hard to actively play with bold colours but during 2017 I have become obsessed with it. Researching photographers like William Eggleston and Saul Leiter to see how they painted colour across their images. I am nowhere near where I wish to be with when applying this look to my photos but I am looking forward to experimenting more during 2018 with as much colour as possible but never neglecting the black and white image where it is required.
Tristan Cardew. We met in Girona, hit it off and then I discovered his work. An Aussie in Europe living the dream, working smart not hard.
Peter Clarkson. I love Peter’s Instagram feed. Nothing cycling related just great street scenes. I rarely skim past his work, you get dragged in and want to have a look around. Light, reflections, nothing obvious or commercial.
Angelo Giangregorio. We met in Milan by chance a few years ago and then again over dinner in Piedmont mid trip. A true gent, who can often be found chases races in and around his home.
About the photos, I really like Don McCullin as a war photographer but I liked much more his landscape photography that I discovered some years ago. I’ve no time to travel to nice places with beautiful panoramas, so all my landscape photos are from places near my home in Milano or places where I spend my holiday, normally they are familiar places that I love very much and only rarely I can take photos from places like the Passo Gavia.
Camille McMillan. We met last year in France at a mutual friends house. I think I was a bit star struck initially, Rouleur, Rapha, books, exhibitions, The Trans Continental and Sommet Cycling (tongue firmly in cheek )the list goes on and on.
A huge thanks to all of you for contributing. Please take the time to follow on Instagram or send me an email if you’d like to get in touch with any of the guys for prints or commercial work.