Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bonneville Salt Flats

I was recently asked to shoot "Speed Week" at the Bonneville Salt flats.  Bonneville is legendary... a dry salt lake bed located in Utah, where machines are put to the test, the goal... to be the fastest machine to scoot across the earths surface.  What could be more fun?
The images were shot for a magazine called Men's File, a UK mag geared towards vintage motorcycle, hot rod, fashion, and gearhead culture.  I've been a big fan of vintage motorcycles for some time (and have, at one time or another, owned a couple of the bikes that were competing), so this assignment could not have been more appealing.  I'll post more images as I get through them, but here is a small sample.
I think the hardest part of the project was to photograph these machines (cars and motorcycles), moving at such incredible speeds, only to drive home forced to obey traditional speed limits.  And, it will be no easy task removing all of the salt from the interior of my car (and camera).
The one thing that excites me most, is the prospect of entering my bike in the competition next year.  I'm hooked.  

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