Photos and words by Scott Connor
Taking pictures and photography. What's the difference? Surely they are one and the same, no? Honestly, they could well be, it just depends on what photography means to you. To some it's an art form, to others it's just a hobby or pastime and a few can even call it a career. To me, it's a combination of two key elements: the creation of a personal vision and the capturing of fleeting moments. That's about as deep as I'll venture into that side of things. Above all, it brings me joy and that's enough.
This is the first instalment of what will become a series of photo journals. All photos featured will be shot on analogue cameras – those that shoot onto physical film. I know some readers will be more versed in such formats than I am, while others may never have experienced shooting with film or even seen an old mechanical camera. But it's not been that long since film photography was the standard medium. Billions of people have bought, shot with and sold analogue gear. Using film these days isn't really anything to brag about, it's very much "old hat", but old hats do tend to have a bit of character about them.
For more film goodness, check out Robin Pearson's First & Last feature.
Yakob Swyer with his first "warm-up" hop of the day. That rail is high and the take-off is flat, no access ramp for a helping boost. He's also headed straight into a brick wall. Just warming up though...
Gay ol' Brighton beach. That iconic stretch of smooth pebbles, fish and chips and gigantic seagulls. That sculpture is high, wide and requires a good many cranks on the run-up to clear it. Incidentally, this is just across the road from the previous rail hop. Here's Yakob with his second warm-up hop of the day.
As above, so below. The first frame on a roll of Kodak Portra 160. A great film on bright sunny days with its pleasing warm tones.
Jon Taylor is legend. He's probably been riding for longer than you've been alive. From competing in pro contests all over the world, managing the Vans UK team, heading up sales at Seventies Distro or just cruising in 'da German Whip', Mad Jon's been living the dream since day one.
Mat Mayman, lovingly referred to as Mat Mayhem. He's fast, loose and escapes serious injury on a daily basis. Seen here with a one-bang on a rail outside Sainsbury's in Brighton.
Tourists, tourists and more tourists... A sea of selfie sticks and iPads... We're making art here people, jog on! Nah, shot one and we gave up. The stream was endless.
In Brighton, there's quite a high population of nutters, mentally disturbed people, winos, homeless and those who have decided just to stop giving any fucks (and that's not just the BMX riders.) This guy, Cameron, had been running around with no shoes in search of a lighter. Once he got his spliff lit, he was keen to sit under the wallride we had been sessioning. Once wasn't enough though, he requested that Lee do it again. He wanted a higher carve.
Big Pete! Those who know, know... He'd stolen this kids bike and shortly afterwards tried attacking the poor cafe owner who came to retrieve it. Afterwards Pete stormed off across the park and stood in the middle of a busy road giving the finger to oncoming buses.
I love shooting with Ned. He loves riding and is very good at it. This image embodies street riding for me: grimy spots with good people.