Words and photos by Robin Pearson
After picking out ten TABLE PHOTOS, here’s another classic trick. Much practiced, much photographed, the barspin is a trick that can be used in many different ways. It can be done off things, into things, in airs, in hops, in spins, to link things together in a line or as a trick in its own right.
Some people throw them early, some throw them later, sometimes they bus driver them round, sometimes both hands are fully off… Everyone does them differently.
As a photographer, it can be a tricky one to get right. People often ask us photographers how we time barspin photos. I’m pretty sure it comes down to feeling. You quickly get used to the rhythm of a rider’s style when you’re out shooting, so the timing of a barspin photo starts to become quite instinctive… But not always. Sometimes it is a real challenge. And sometimes it’s a one-bang deal. I have to admit I’ve had a couple of clangers here and there, but, for the most part my point about the rhythm stands true.
Here are ten of my favourite bazza shots, with some edits that go alongside them.