In between races, we took some time to browse our hard drives and look at photos taken throughout the year. We'll highlight each shot in a daily post, with the image sized to fit your computer screen or smartphone and described with a small backstory…
Shooting in the hills with a bunch of pros after a day or so of rain is something that I've always enjoyed, but unfortunately I hadn't been able to do so for some time. However, that all went out the window Tuesday evening when I received a text from Swap saying, "Meet at my place at 8:30. We're heading to the hills tomorrow to shoot with Twitch, Tyler Bereman, Axell Hodges and bunch of other guys!"
The next morning, everyone geared up with their cameras, shovels and rakes and we headed for the hills. Upon seeing the first set of jumps in person, we were immediately taken back at the sheer size of the jump faces that had been built hand-made using only shovels. Before every riding session though, routine maintenance is called for to ensure the runways and jump faces never get too rough. "Doing the maintenance before we ride allows for us to get in a longer session before the jump face and runway begin to break down." said Twitch. Watching those guys shape the lips and landings was like watching an artist with a paint brush and a canvas.
While everyone shoveled away on the first jump, I spotted Vinnie Carbone off in the distance already prepping the second jump. I walked over to get some shots of Carbone doing his thing, and a conversation sparked between the two of us. It was then that I learned the value of these riding locations to Carbone and the rest of the crew, as he went on to explain how important it is to preserve the land that they ride on. "You're not going to throw a piece of trash on the floor of your house, right? So why would you do it here?" he said. "Shoveling and stacking dirt in the hills with my buddies is therapeutic for me, so when people come here and disrespect the spot and all of our hard work we take that to heart."
Seeing and hearing just how important these riding locations are to these riders was something very cool in my eyes, and it's something I can relate too. Needless to say I can't wait to do this again.
Photographer | Casey Davis
Camera | Canon EOS 7D MKII
Lens | Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Shutter Speed | 1/2000s
Aperture | f/3.5
ISO | 250