Leo Forte – And the forgotten Snowdonia ramp
From the moment I stumbled upon this forgotten ramp in Snowdonia, I knew we needed to do something about it, it was special and needed to be documented. Taking it from idea to fruition took about a yea,r what with all the logistics and planning involved, but to this day, it’s been one of my favourite projects I’ve worked on, and for several reasons. From location, to the crew, the weather, and the general vibe of the whole mission, it was just full of awesome memories. You can’t really ask for more from a BMX photography project, pure perfection.
The ramp was really hard to ride, I think the transitions had been guessed at originally, so the end result was a 4.5ft vert ramp, that was so tight, you really had to have your wits about you, and couldn’t let your guard down for a second. Luckily, the guys I’d asked to come with me are not only handy carpenters but pretty adaptable riders, again, all these elements equated to it being so enjoyable. For some pictures, like this one in particular, it’s so important to show the surroundings in all it’s glory. It’s more about the location than the trick, so a classic flattie was the way to go, while Mt Snowdon did the talking.
Special insider trick: Since Leo was pretty much wearing camo against a green backdrop, I needed to pick him out a bit. For this, I used two flashes, one behind the transition he’s on and the other hidden by the ramp in front of him. The riders clothes can make a big difference to a shot, it’s always worth considering this before you get to a location, go prepared!