Mark suggested a day trip to Southport; until I arrived it had completely slipped my mind that there was a great opportunity to take photos of the skate park from the pier. Last year I took a photo of a guy jumping the spine ramp. Today was much better, the light was fantastic and in the right place, there were also many more people out on their bikes and boards. The person in the photograph above was clearly one of the oldest and most experienced riders in the park and he got some great air off this vert ramp. I really like the look of the graffiti underneath the bike.
Southport has a very long pier, which is chiefly over developing land. One interesting note is a small skate park on the north side (on your right as you walk seaward along the pier). I found it interesting to watch the skaters and bikers because you look down on the park from the pier. It’s only small (just a couple of jumps and half pipes) but I enjoyed watching the guy in the photograph above jumping the tops of the half pipes. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me publishing this picture. To be honest, visiting and photographing skate parks and extreme sports really interests me and is something I plan to do a lot more of in the future. In the picture he is actually in the air; the front wheel isn’t resting on the top of the jump, it just looks that way because of the timing.
At the weekend my mate Mark was over at mine with his new bike. He wanted me to take a few photos but by the time we got around to taking them it was past 9pm and going dark so most of the pictures I took were blurred. I rushed to be honest and didn’t think to use my monopod or tripod to support the camera. Mark somehow managed to photograph the above image and keep it relatively sharp, I had to edit a bit but nothing crazy. I also thought it looked better converted to black and white, I hope you approve Mark?
I think this is the first photograph on my blog that was taken using 35mm traditional film. I stopped using film in about 1998, not so much because I moved straight to digital but that’s another story. This photograph was taken some time between 1995 and 1998. I would have been at a car show, probably Tatton Park with my dad. He takes some amazing photographs of motorbike engines, and I think this style of photograph does have a certain style or quality about it that is appealing . The Fat Boy Harley Davidson bikes were first introduced in 1990. I have no details about the age of this model, but to me (I don’t know anything about motorbikes) it looks like there is two fuel tanks. Maybe reader Mark (my biker friend) could comment on this. It’s just a shame a missed out the logo of the bike in the top left.